The power of the Minority and the minority of One: Martin D. Jenkins’ Legacy to Gifted Education

Author

Samantha Lobban

 

Following the enactment of the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act 1988, there was much research into educational provision for culturally different students. However, this research was not an anomalous or instantaneous development; rather, it resulted from decades of academic activism. One such scholar was Martin D. Jenkins. An African-American man, Jenkins was born into a Jim Crow-governed society where pedagogical philosophy was marred by the belief that black students were inherently intellectually inferior. Although a rich literature exists which examines Jenkins’ life and works, these texts limit his work to the ‘historical’, thus ignoring the continued significance of his research in twenty-first century Australia. This article critiques the strengths and weaknesses of Jenkins’ work and his enduring legacy to gifted education. It is argued that Martin D. Jenkins was a seminal scholar within the field of gifted education who highlighted key issues such as identification, cultural disadvantage and the need for tailored support and enrichment programs for gifted students. It is concluded that Jenkins’ work, albeit underappreciated, is not only noteworthy within a historical context, but for its continued significance today.

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Adam Spencer’s big book of numbers: Everything you wanted to know about the numbers 1 to 100

Book Review

by Peter Merrotsy

 

Adam Spencer (2014). Adam Spencer’s big book of numbers: Everything you wanted to know about the numbers 1 to 100

 

Adam Spencer is a self-confessed sleek geek and champion of geeks everywhere, and I am sure that he needs no introduction. Those for whom Spencer is “merely” a Triple J or ABC radio host, Raw Comedy comedian, champion debater, or namesake for Asteroid 18413 may wish to meet the “real” Adam by viewing his TED talk [Accessible Here].
 
The investment of 17 minutes of your time will be well rewarded.

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Make a twist: Curriculum differentiation for gifted students

Book Review

by Peter Merrotsy

 

Michelle Juratowitch & Rosanne Blundell (2014). Make a twist: Curriculum differentiation for gifted students

 

Differentiating the curriculum is understood to be a requisite skill of the professional teacher (AITSL, 2014, Standard 1.5). Graduate teachers know and understand strategies to differentiate their teaching. Proficient teachers incorporate differentiated strategies in their classroom activities. Highly accomplished teachers use student assessment data to evaluate differentiated programs. Lead teachers guide and support colleagues to evaluate the effectiveness of differentiated programs. Differentiated teaching and learning addresses the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities – and this, of course, includes outstanding or high ability students.

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Academic self-concept in twice-exceptional students: What the literature tells us

Authors

Geraldine Townend, Donna Pendergast and Susanne Garvis

 

This article explores the phenomenon of academic self-concept for twice-exceptional students. Twice-exceptional students typically have a lower than average selfconcept. If this finding is extrapolated and applied to academic self-concept, the likelihood is that that will also be below average. Low academic self-concept can be the forerunner to psychosocial and behavioural issues with undesirable behaviours, such as being highly disruptive in classrooms, which is self-sabotaging for twice-exceptional students and frustrating for teachers, parents and caregivers. Various influences, both internal and external, shape academic self-concept, and these influences do not stand alone in their different domains, but rather interweave across all areas to create a dynamic and changing construct. The literature presented in this article reveals that for twice-exceptional students, the psychosocial problems that might exacerbate low academic self-concept as a result of low achievement include frustration, lack of understanding, fear of failing, lack of motivation, negative perfectionism, unsatisfactory peer and teacher relationships, motivation, negative school attitudes and a limited connection to school.

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The voice of teachers

Bright kids and crabs: My journey through teaching

Author

Steven J Martin

 

Can you believe they’re giving away the secrets of modern day Merlins in the media? They would have us believe that there’s no magic in the modern world, only sleight of hand and tricks of the light, every illusion carefully explained. Everything that was unseen is now made transparently clear. Like me, does this add to your growing feeling of disillusionment?

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Keywords: gifted students, leadership

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