Equity and ethics in talent development

Author

Ian Gunn

 

In this paper, I discuss four seminal articles in the field of talent development. Three articles call for a complete rethinking about how the field is constituted, including a rethinking of terminology. The authors uphold the concept of talent development as the most efficient and equitable model for gifted programming in schools. The fourth article examines ethics and morality in their roles as contributors to the personal and academic development of high-ability students, and the author argues for the proactive and systematic teaching of ethical behaviour at all educational levels. All articles contain practical suggestions for ways to implement the ideas discussed, and thus could have a lasting influence on the field of talent development.

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Keywords: talent development, equity, ethics

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Confucianism and its impact on talent development: A review and discussion of key themes in the development of talent

… arising from Chua, A. (2011) Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. New York: Penguin

Author

Jeff MacRaild

 

This Confucian belief underlies the Chinese perspective on maximising an individual’s intelligence (Chan, 2007, p.43). Chinese believe that about 30% of an individual’s intelligence is accounted for by what one is born with, and the other 70% depends upon learning. According to Chan, the common belief in the West is that the reverse (about 80% heredity) is true (Jensen, 1981, cited in Chan, 2007, p.42). Amy Chua’s memoir explains her efforts to maximise her children’s ‘other 70%’.

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Keywords: Tiger mother, Chua, talent development

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In search of the optimal learning experience: Flow theory and its implications for talent development

Author

Janet Thomas

 

The act of writing justifies poetry. Climbing is the same: recognising that you are a flow. The purpose of the flow is to keep on flowing, not looking for a peak or utopia but staying in the flow. It is not a moving up but a continuous flowing; you move up only to keep the flow going. There is no possible reason for climbing except climbing itself; it is a selfcommunication (cited in Csikszentmihalyi, 1975, pp.47–8).

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Keywords: flow, talent development

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