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Learning Diversity in the Chinese ClassroomContexts and Practice for Students with Special Needs$
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Shane N. Phillipson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098725

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098725.001.0001

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Giftedness within the Confucian-heritage Cultures

Giftedness within the Confucian-heritage Cultures

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(p.205) 7 Giftedness within the Confucian-heritage Cultures
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Learning Diversity in the Chinese Classroom
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Shane N. Phillipson

Hoi Yan Cheung

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622098725.003.0007

The focus of this chapter is gifted education in several countries and regions with a Confucian-heritage culture (CHC), namely China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. With the growing awareness of the specific educational needs of gifted students in these countries, Western conceptions of giftedness commonly provide the theoretical basis for the education of gifted students. There is a growing understanding, however, that the conception of giftedness and gifted education must be specific to the culture concerned if it is to be implemented successfully. Countries with a CHC and those in the West differ not only in terms of the conceptions of giftedness, but in the philosophical basis and implementation of education, thus making it necessary to describe a CHC perspective on gifted education. However, it is also true that there are important differences between CHC countries, which sometimes make it difficult to generalize.

Keywords:   Giftedness, Gifted education, Confucian-heritage culture (CHC), Culture

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