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This chapter provides an overview on giftedness and talent development, its history, controversies, and recent trends and new directions. The chapter includes a brief description of the major theories of intelligence that have guided and impacted the gifted education field. Noting that there are many different ways to define, measure, and conceptualize giftedness, the chapter introduces the tripartite model of giftedness as a new and particularly useful and compelling way to view students of high ability or extraordinary potential. The chapter argues for a clear linkage between ideas that are part of the tripartite model and the talent development zeitgeist within gifted education and the construct of expertise.
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