The relationship between expertise and giftedness: A talent development perspective

Rena F. Subotnik, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Frank C. Worrell

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The development of talent is a process that takes place over time. It begins with potential, and with the provision of opportunities, study, disciplined practice, and psychosocial factors moves to higher stages of competency and expertise–and in rare cases, eminence. Expertise, in our view, involves recognition by one’s peers as an authority on domain-specific tasks and knowledge and having good solutions to important problems generated by others. However, experts may not necessarily break domain boundaries, see in a qualitatively different way, or set the questions for a field. Within this framework, giftedness in adulthood is viewed as a stage beyond expertise to eminent performance or creative productivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Science of Expertise
Subtitle of host publicationBehavioral, Neural, and Genetic Approaches to Complex Skill
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781351624848
ISBN (Print)9781138204379
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • General Psychology


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