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Honoring Dabrowski's Mission: Piechowski's Contribution to the Theory of Positive Disintegration

Saturday, November 11
3:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Location: 202 A

A pattern of misconceptions in the recent literature, concerning several core concepts of Kazimierz Dabrowski’s theory of positive disintegration (TPD), illustrates a need for conceptual clarification. Based on a comprehensive review of the literature, the presenter describes the origins and empirical foundations of Dabrowski’s theory, identifies key concepts of TPD, and addresses the errors in how they have been interpreted. Participants gain insight into the concordance between Dabrowski’s original works and Michael Piechowski’s elaboration of the theory within the field of gifted education.

Christiane Wells

Director of Qualitative Research
ISAD

Chris Wells, MSW, is an author and doctoral candidate in educational psychology. Her dissertation topic is a phenomenological exploration of the experience of parenting stress in parents of children identified as twice-exceptional. She is currently studying the history and conceptual evolution of Dabrowski's theory of positive disintegration, and has created an archive of work related to the theory. Her other major research interests are the constructs of giftedness and twice-exceptionality, the creation of imaginal worlds, and qualitative research methods.

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