From the editor's desk.
Welcome to volume 31, issue 4 of the Roeper Review. In this issue our authors address some important dimensions of giftedness and talent development including perfectionism per·fec·tion·ism
A tendency to set rigid high standards of personal performance.
per·fection·ist adj. & n. , personality, and gender and their interactions with ethics, identity dynamics, their relevance to understanding and addressing under-representation of deprived and marginalized populations, and the use of curriculum in the discovery of high ability. Notice that we do not include a couple of our usual features here--an interview with a leader or pioneer in the field and our "According to Jim According to Jim is an American situation comedy television series originally broadcast by ABC. The show premiered with little publicity in October 2001, following the surprise hit comedy My Wife and Kids. " column. These will return in the first issue of 2010, which will include a feature interview with Mark Runco, a pioneering giant in the field of creative studies.
In the article "Gifted High-School Students' Perspectives on the Development of Perfectionism," Kristie Speirs Neumeister, Kristen K. Williams, and Tracy Cross provide another interesting and insightful analysis of the nettlesome perfectionism phenomenon. Employing some work from outside the field of gifted education, and probing inside the minds of gifted young people, they discover some influential aspects of family context and lack of challenge. These findings can refine the ways in which we approach our work with gifted perfectionists.
In the next article, Deborah Ruf and David Radosevich generate a follow-up to our special issue on global awareness, which was published earlier in volume 30, issue 1. In their article, "How Personality and Gender May Relate to Individual Attitudes Toward Caring for and About Others," they reveal differences between genders and between extraverts and introverts in their reactions to global issues carrying ethical implications.
Judith Berlin explores a dimension of identity dynamics in her article, "It's All a Matter of Perspective: Student Perceptions on the Impact of Being Labeled Gifted and Talented." While analyzing ways in which bright young people relate to their designation as gifted and talented, she probes adolescents' ideas about the ways in which others think about their high abilities. She also finds that the highly gifted and those moderately gifted differ according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the effects of labeling.
Gilman Whiting addresses other aspects of identity and perception by clarifying an important dimension of gifted underachievement in his article, "Gifted Black Males: Understanding and Decreasing Barriers to Achievement and Identity." While articulating some hindrances to success for bright, young Black males, he illustrates characteristics of those who succeed in spite of daunting daunt
tr.v. daunt·ed, daunt·ing, daunts
To abate the courage of; discourage. See Synonyms at dismay.
[Middle English daunten, from Old French danter, from Latin contextual impediments. Finally, he suggests some helpful educational interventions.
Jane Jarvis completes this collection with her article, "Planning to Unmask Potential Through Responsive Curriculum: The 'Famous Five' Exercise." Considering the problem of under-representation, she employs curriculum as a tool for discovering and nurturing talent. A particular curricular process is presented as a way to generate helpful ideas about identification of high potential and performance.
Dona Matthews, our Book Review Editor, wraps up this issue by providing a review from Karen Higgins-Biss, who discusses the book A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children (authored by J. T. Webb, J. L. Gore, E. R. Amend, & A. R. DeVries, 2007; Great Potential Press). She also features College Confidence with ADD: The Ultimate Success Manual of ADD Students' From Applying to Academics, Preparation to Social Success and Everything Else You Need to Know, reviewed by David J. Connor (authored by M. Sandler, 2008; Sourcebooks.).
Gifted education and creative studies are complex, evolving, and somewhat amorphous fields that require shaping by intelligent, creative scholars. Thankfully, our authors and the reviewers who screen and refine their work continue to clarify the structure and dynamics of these fields. Thanks to them for their insightful contributions.
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