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Able and gifted: judging by appearances?

By Kirsty Wilson and Mary (Mary J.) Briggs

Abstract

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

Topics: LB
Publisher: Association of Teachers of Mathematics
Year: 2002
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:434

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