Intelligences Outside the Normal Curve: …

Wallace Research Symposium on Talent Development

Campus/Building Maps

Intelligences Outside the Normal Curve: The Role and Responsibility of Gifted Education for Promoting the Development of Social Capital and Co-Cognitive Skills in Young PeopleJoseph S. Renzulli

Monday, May 20, 2024, 10:15 – 11:15 am, Lawrence D. McHugh Hall, Room MCHU 201

The overall goal of gifted education is to increase the world’s reservoir of creative and productive people; however, we also want to prepare young people to be committed to making the world a better place. This presentation will briefly review the conception of giftedness and the pedagogical approaches underlying the Schoolwide Enrichment Model, with an emphasis on a broadened view of human potential. The major focus will be on the ways we can prepare young people to develop an attitude and commitment to use their talents to make beneficial changes in society. The relationship between creativity and task commitment, combined with the primary executive functions necessary for carrying out socially active projects, will be illustrated through case studies that highlight the co-cognitive characteristics necessary for social change and creative productivity.