Finnish Conceptions of Giftedness and Talent

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In this chapter Finnish conceptions of giftedness and talent are presented. The Finnish conceptions are explored in the context of an educational system in which a strongly rooted egalitarian ethos and individualistic values are concurrently present. The teachers’ and students’ conceptions related to giftedness and intelligence and conceptions in the national core curriculum for basic education are discussed in the frameworks of domain-specific and developmental theories of giftedness. The implications of Finnish conceptions of giftedness and talent for teaching and learning in school are discussed. Differentiated teaching is advocated as a promising approach for educating gifted students in a Finnish context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConceptions of Giftedness and Talent
EditorsRobert J. Sternberg, Don Ambrose
Number of pages15
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date1 Jan 2021
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-56868-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-56869-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • gifted children
  • talent development

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