Able and gifted: judging by appearances?
Wilson, Kirsty and Briggs, Mary (Mary J.). (2002) Able and gifted: judging by appearances? Mathematics Teaching, Vol.18 . ISSN 0025-5785
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In this article I reflect upon an aspect of my research involving Year 6 pupils identified by their teachers as ‘able’ or ‘gifted’ in mathematics, using ‘able’ to refer to high achievers and ‘gifted’ to exceptionally high achievers. I discuss the differences I observed between the able and gifted when solving mathematical tasks, and consider what these differences may mean for professionals involved in identifying gifted pupils. I speculate that teachers’ judgements are highly influenced by those aspects of achievement that are readily visible, such as answering questions quickly, and discuss the potential problems associated with judging by appearances.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||L Education > LB Theory and practice of education|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Mathematics -- Study and teaching -- England, Gifted children -- Education -- England|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Mathematics Teaching|
|Publisher:||Association of Teachers of Mathematics|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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