Researching gifted and talented in tertiary education: Issues and directions

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The limited literature on the gifted and talented in tertiary education reveals the importance of investigating relevant issues and directions, given that this human resource should be nurtured for both individual and national development. This review investigates issues relating to definitions, methodologies, and theoretical interpretations, highlighting issues that needed to be resolved and considering future research directions. The changing nature of the definition of gifted and talented over time and the limited involvement of adults in tertiary education in such definitions are highlighted, and it is noted that a uniform definition may not be the most useful option. Whereas comparative studies have been prevalent in the literature, it is argued that there is a need for construct validity regarding gifted and talented in tertiary education, and for methodologies that investigate the contextual nature of giftedness and talent. It is noted that theories have evolved to explain the various definitional boundaries set for giftedness and talent over the years. This study encourages interdisciplinary approaches which have been used to explain giftedness and talent contextually. Researchers should embrace the changing nature of research into giftedness and talent. Keywords: adult, gifted, talent, tertiary education.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference 2008 - Brisbane
Duration: 30 Nov 20084 Dec 2008


ConferenceAustralian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference 2008


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