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Sisk, Dorothy A. – Gifted and Talented International, 2012
Roland S. Persson's (2012a) article addresses a concern that many educators have stressed in their theoretical models, namely the importance of the interaction between the individual and the environment, and the impact of culture on not only values and beliefs, but on behaviour. As Persson (2012a) points out these models all have merit, but he…
Descriptors: Teachers, Adjustment (to Environment), Multicultural Education, Talent
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Gallagher, James J. – Gifted and Talented International, 2012
Roland S. Persson (2012a) has made a significant contribution to the literature in pointing out the potential for cultural bias in the body of research related to gifted and talented. He encourages a distinction between emic research, where the results are limited to a particular culture and etic research, where the results can be generalised to…
Descriptors: Political Influences, Cultural Influences, Researchers, Cultural Differences
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Anchan, John P. – Gifted and Talented International, 2012
In this commentary, the author reviews in depth Roland S. Persson's (2012a) target article. According to him Persson (2012a) presents a convincing argument as he wove through examples and explanations. The idea of superculture connects well with the established neocolonial literature and the North-South/Centre-Periphery debate. From general to…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Talent, Foreign Policy, Politics
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Vidergor, Hava E. – Gifted and Talented International, 2012
Persson's (2012a) target article calls for a cultural sensitive research paradigm in the science of giftedness. It charts the potential threats to research validity affected by cultural bias having implications on study and practice in gifted education. The eight recommendations heading under: (1) mindset and habits; (2) research skills; and (3)…
Descriptors: Gifted, Teacher Certification, Teacher Attitudes, Cultural Background
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Tebbs, Trevor J. – Gifted and Talented International, 2012
The author finds Roland S. Persson's (2012a) paper to be timely, fascinating, important and powerful. At risk of mixing metaphors, it provides much food for thought and a penetrating lens through which all those vested in the optimal realisation of human potential would be prudent to review their own perceptions, boundaries of belief and…
Descriptors: Validity, Cultural Context, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences
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Martin, Lee; Gordon, Shaun – Gifted and Talented International, 2012
Persson's (2012a) article offers a timely contribution to the science of giftedness through questioning the validity of research emerging from within this paradigm. Using evidence from a number of disciplines he demonstrates that what is regarded as gifted behaviour in one culture could be regarded as quite ordinary within another. He therefore…
Descriptors: Evidence, Cultural Context, Cultural Differences, Validity
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Foreman, Jennifer; Renzulli, Joseph – Gifted and Talented International, 2012
Dr. Persson's (2012a) target article addresses a number of key points that will greatly impact the study of giftedness, gifted education, and talent development in the "flat" world of the 21st century and beyond. Research in these areas needs to continually reflect upon changes in the social world outside its narrow purview to validate its…
Descriptors: Reflection, Research Needs, Research Methodology, Cultural Context
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Ambrose, Don – Gifted and Talented International, 2012
In this commentary, the author finds the interdisciplinary approach of Roland S. Persson's (2012a) target article refreshing. Persson's (2012a) additional emphases on ethnocentricity, cultural bias and strong threads of influence from the global economy also are helpful. They shed light on some strong contextual influences that shape the…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Reader Response, Academically Gifted, Gifted
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Matthews, Dona J. – Gifted and Talented International, 2012
The author finds the target article "Cultural Variation and Dominance in a Globalised Knowledge Economy" to be a thoughtful exploration of an important topic for all social scientists, certainly including those who study gifted development and education. Roland S. Persson (2012a) raises many questions about policy and practice in giftedness…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Academically Gifted
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Kaufman, James C.; Lan, Lan – Gifted and Talented International, 2012
Persson (2012a) correctly raises the question of how cultural biases may impact giftedness research. He alludes to East-West differences in perceptions of creativity and ways that the collectivist-individualistic approaches may lead to differences in creativity perception. In this commentary, the authors discuss different approaches, and attempt…
Descriptors: Creativity, Cultural Differences, Social Bias, Cross Cultural Studies
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Shaughnessy, Michael F.; Valdez, Gilbert – Gifted and Talented International, 2012
In the lead article, Persson (2012a) focuses on salient issues that have not as yet been addressed by others, and which are relevant, and germane. With the advent of the Internet and web and e-mail, conversation and discussion among scholars have increased tremendously. At the current time, researchers are able to share their data, their thoughts…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Cultural Context, Ethnocentrism, Research Methodology
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Yang, Yang; Gentry, Marcia – Gifted and Talented International, 2012
To view giftedness research in a global context is an important and desirable attempt. Roland S. Persson (2012a), in the target article entitled Cultural Variation and Dominance in a Globalised Knowledge-Economy: Towards a Cultural-Sensitive Research Paradigm in the Science of Giftedness, delivers thought-provoking views in the cultural influences…
Descriptors: Knowledge Economy, Global Approach, Academically Gifted, Gifted
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Polyzoi, Eleoussa; Haydey, Donna Copsey – Gifted and Talented International, 2012
In this commentary, the authors contend that Persson's (2012a) paper, Cultural Variation and Dominance in a Globalised Knowledge-Economy: Towards a Culture-Sensitive Research Paradigm in the Science of Giftedness, lacks conciseness in defining the connections between the significance of cultural dominance and the definition of giftedness. However,…
Descriptors: Definitions, Academically Gifted, Gifted, Cultural Context
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David, Hanna – Gifted and Talented International, 2012
In this commentary, the author finds that the target article, "Cultural Variation and Dominance in a Globalised Knowledge-Economy: Towards a Culture-Sensitive Research Paradigm in the Science of Giftedness", has three substantial failures: (1) an unproven, even incorrect assumption about the existence of bias in the "science of giftedness" due to…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Gifted, Cultural Context, Cultural Differences
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Freeman, Joan – Gifted and Talented International, 2012
Roland S. Persson's (2012a) argument is that there is a dominant research culture in the field of gifts and talents, which must of necessity distort research and practice in cultures which are different. He ties this to the dominance of the global economy and points to the need for more cross-cultural studies. In this commentary, the author points…
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Context, Cultural Differences, Educational Needs
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