The Talent Development Framework: Overview of Components and Implications for Policy and Practice

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

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The predominant practice of gifted education continues to focus on high general cognitive ability. This practice is reflected in the fact that intelligence tests are employed in many schools and districts for entrance into gifted programs, and their use is incorporated as an acceptable means of identification in the policies of many states. A comprehensive talent development program incorporates seven components, namely abilities are domain-specific and malleable, domains of talent have different trajectories, opportunities are essential for talent development, opportunities must be taken, the importance of mental skills, the importance of social skills, and long-range thinking and planning for talent development. This chapter describes each component, including implications for practice and impediments to implementation. Talent development does ensure that programs prepare students well for the next stage, which includes knowing what students aspire to and being conversant with the next stage and its requirements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTalent Development as a Framework for Gifted Education
Subtitle of host publicationImplications for Best Practices and Applications in Schools
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781000489248
ISBN (Print)9781032144597
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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