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Families, education and giftedness. Case studies in the construction of high achievement.

Author: Mazzoli Smith.
Publisher: Dordrecht : Sense Publishers 2013.
Series: Advances in creativity and giftedness, 3.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What is it like to be YOUNG, GIFTED AND WORKING CLASS in contemporary England? How do working class family values support high educational achievement? What do researchers and policy makers have to learn about giftedness from working class families? These provocative questions are explored in this ground-breaking book. Most studies of giftedness focus on the characteristics of individuals, and draw upon  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mazzoli Smith.
ISBN: 9789460919909 9460919901
OCLC Number: 844731699
Description: 206 p.
Series Title: Advances in creativity and giftedness, 3.
Responsibility: Laura Mazzoli Smith; Jim Campbell.

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What is it like to be YOUNG, GIFTED AND WORKING CLASS in contemporary England? How do working class family values support high educational achievement? What do researchers and policy makers have to learn about giftedness from working class families? These provocative questions are explored in this ground-breaking book. Most studies of giftedness focus on the characteristics of individuals, and draw upon psychological frameworks to understand them. Participants in most gifted education programmes are recruited disproportionately from the higher social classes. Sceptical of the concept of giftedness, Mazzoli Smith and Campbell question conventional methodologies, using a narrative approach to understand how four families of working class origins, each with a gifted child, construct their values in relation to education and social class. They explore the influence of their family histories, cultural values and life styles upon educational engagement and achievement.

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