ON EXCELLENCE AND CREATIVITY: A STUDY OF GIFTED AND EXPERT STUDENTS

Rama Klavir, Malka Gorodetsky

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Abstract

Although the term ‘excellence’, which frequently refers to exceptional, outstanding, and rare achievements, is widely used in the academic community, it is actually a vague and ill-defined concept. The research whose objective is mapping and conceptualizing the unique features of excellence focuses mainly on the study of two populations of excellence: the gifted and the experts. A meta-analysis of these studies revealed the similarities in the nature of excellence of these populations, and a call for an integratedinquiry that would engender a better understanding of excellence was made. Creativity was found to be one of the common characteristics of gifted students and experts. This study attempts to explore diverse aspects of creativity as expressed by two different populations of excellence (gifted and expert students) by means of the 4P’s model: Person, Process, Product and Press. The results indicate that the two excellent groups share a high relative creativity and quite a low comparative creativity. While the results support the connection between excellence and creativity, they also foreground the need for educational interventions for the development ofcreativity in all children, including the ones defined as excellent.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreativity in Mathematics and the Education of Gifted Students
PublisherBrill
Pages221-242
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9789087909352
ISBN (Print)9789087909345
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (all)

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