Re: The Intersections of Sociocultural Theory and Gifted Education

From: Kimberly N Mcglonn (
Date: Fri Jun 03 2005 - 11:13:56 PDT

Hello Again All-
Thanks, Professor Cole, for helping me think through the basic orientation
of socio-historical theory to giftedness. On another yet related note, can
anyone point me to some specific sociocultural literature that addresses
gifted education? I'm also interested in the intersections of sociocultural
theory and teacher development.
Kimberly McGlonn-Nelson

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Subject: Re: The Intersections of Sociocultural Theory and Gifted

PS-- Vygotksy was head of the Institute of Defectology.  Maybe some avenues
of approach there?
(to end with a question?)

On 6/2/05, Mike Cole <> wrote:I really don't know, David.
#1 I am do not use the term sociocultural for reasons explicated in a
variety of places and #2 I do not know the gifted literature. So I was
simply thinking aloud about how to approach the question.

On 6/2/05, David H Kirshner <> wrote:

So, Mike, reading between the lines of your "question with a question,"
there is no socio-historical literature on gifted education, per se,
because a socio-historical analysis tends to deconstruct the construct of
giftedness. Is that the trajectory of your response?


Mike Cole <>
06/02/2005 04:38 PM MST
Please respond to mcole

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Subject: Re: The Intersections of Sociocultural Theory and Gifted Education

I come from a tradition that likes to answer a question with a question,
What, from a cultural-historical perspective, would be a way of defining
"gifted"? What
would change about the theoretical concepts one would bring to bear, for
in thinking about effective pedagogy for gifted versus (say) average

My guess is that answer to such questions might help you frame an answer to
the one
that was posed.

On 6/2/05, Kimberly N Mcglonn <> wrote:

Hello Everyone-

I'm a doctoral candidate who's in the process of preparing to defend my
general exams. One of my exam questions centers on the intersections of
sociocultural theory and gifted education. The exact question (more or
less) is as follows:
What are the intersections of socio-cultural theory and gifted education?
More specifically, how is the training/education of teachers of the gifted,
informed by the notions presented through this framework?

Is there anyone out there who has read research (recently or not), who can
be of any assistance?

Many, many thanks.
Kimberly McGlonn-Nelson

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