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Networking theories on giftedness: What we can learn from synthesizing Renzulli’s domain general and Krutetskii’s mathematics-specific theory
Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9530-4151
Faculty of Mathematics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany.
2017 (English)In: Education Sciences, E-ISSN 2227-7102, Vol. 7, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Giftedness is an increasingly important research topic in educational sciences and mathematics education in particular. In this paper, we contribute to further theorizing mathematical giftedness through illustrating how networking processes can be conducted and illustrating their potential benefits. The paper focuses on two theories: Renzulli’s domain-general theory on giftedness as an interplay of creativity, above-average ability, and task commitment; and Krutetskii’s mathematics-specific theory on gifted students’ abilities. In a “proof of concept”, we illustrate how the abilities offered in Krutetskii’s theory can be mapped to the three traits described by Renzulli. This is realized through a mapping process in which two raters independently mapped the abilities offered by Krutetskii to Renzulli’s traits. The results of this mapping give first insights into (a) possible mappings of Krutetskii’s abilities to Renzulli’s traits and, thus, (b) a possible domain-specific specification of Renzulli’s theory. This mapping hints at interesting potential phenomena: in Krutetskii’s theory, above-average ability appears to be the trait that predominantly is addressed, whereas creativity and especially task-commitment seem less represented. Our mapping demonstrates what a mathematics-specific specification of Renzulli’s theory can look like. Finally, we elaborate on the consequences of our findings, restrictions of our methodology, and on possible future research.

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Basel, Switzerland: MDPI AG , 2017. Vol. 7, no 1
Keyword [en]
giftedness; theories; mathematics education; networking theories; domain-general; domain-specific
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Didactics Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-55244DOI: 10.3390/educsci7010006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-55244DiVA: diva2:1070823
Available from: 2017-02-02 Created: 2017-02-02 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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