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Improving Gifted Talent Development Can Help Solve Multiple Consequential Real-World Problems

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Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
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Department of Psychology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
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School Psychology Program, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA
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Received: 8 February 2021 / Revised: 24 May 2021 / Accepted: 9 June 2021 / Published: 13 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue How Intelligence Can Be a Solution to Consequential World Problems)
Fully developing the talents of all students is a fundamental goal for personal well-being and development and ultimately for global societal innovation and flourishing. However, in this paper we focus on what we believe is an often neglected and underdeveloped population, that of the gifted. We draw from the cognitive aptitude and gifted education research literatures to make the case that solutions to consequential real-world problems can be greatly enhanced by more fully developing the talents of the intellectually gifted population, which we operationalize in this paper as roughly the top 5% of cognitive talent. Should well-supported high achievers choose to solve them, these problems span health, science, economic growth, and areas unforeseen. We draw from longitudinal research on intellectually precocious students and retrospective research on leaders and innovators in society, showing that mathematical, verbal, and spatial aptitudes are linked to societal innovation. We then discuss two remaining fundamental challenges: the identification of disadvantaged and marginalized groups of students who have traditionally been neglected in selection for gifted programming suited to their current developmental needs, and the building of skills beyond academic ones, specifically in the related areas of open-minded thinking and intellectual humility. View Full-Text
Keywords: innovation; talent selection and development; gifted education; social returns; cognitive aptitudes and creativity innovation; talent selection and development; gifted education; social returns; cognitive aptitudes and creativity
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Wai, J.; Lovett, B.J. Improving Gifted Talent Development Can Help Solve Multiple Consequential Real-World Problems. J. Intell. 2021, 9, 31. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/jintelligence9020031

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Wai J, Lovett BJ. Improving Gifted Talent Development Can Help Solve Multiple Consequential Real-World Problems. Journal of Intelligence. 2021; 9(2):31. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/jintelligence9020031

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Wai, Jonathan, and Benjamin J. Lovett 2021. "Improving Gifted Talent Development Can Help Solve Multiple Consequential Real-World Problems" Journal of Intelligence 9, no. 2: 31. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/jintelligence9020031

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