Conceptual Foundations

Roundtable

Postmodern Influence on Gifted Education

Friday, November 10
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: Exhibit Hall Roundtable 10

The field of gifted education is not without its critics and challenges. From the controversial use of IQ scores in identification to the underrepresentation of non-mainstream groups, gifted practitioners have grappled with issues of equity and excellence from the beginning. In this session, tensions between gifted education and the postmodern worldview that dominates research and theory in the social sciences and humanities are highlighted. Participants examine common charges leveled from the perspective of a postmodern worldview that prioritizes the collective over the individual and foregrounds power relations in knowledge construction; we also explore what this means for gifted learners and future directions for the field.

Holly Robbins

Professor
Radford University - School of Teacher Education & Leadership

Holly Robbins is a Professor of Education in the School of Teacher Education & Leadership at Radford University. Dr. Robbins obtained her M.Ed. in Special Education with a concentration in Gifted & Talented Education from UNC-Charlotte under the brilliant tutelage of Dr. Shelagh Gallagher. Her Ph.D. is from UNC-Greensboro in Curriculum & Teaching with emphasis on Teacher Development. Dr. Robbins' research interests include teacher development, writing/language arts instruction, and challenging gifted and talented readers.

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