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Psicologia: ciência e profissão

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Abstract

AZEVEDO, Sonia Maria Lourenço de  and  METTRAU, Marsyl Bulkool. High abilities/highly gifted: myths and quandaries in the indication for attendance. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2010, vol.30, n.1, pp. 32-45. ISSN 1414-9893.

The low quantitative of high abilities/highly gifted pupils indication carried through by the teachers of a peripheral city in Rio de Janeiro is investigated in this work with the objective of verifying the difficulties found by the teacher in this process. Despite the quantitative of schools that directed pupils for the program it has been low through the evaluations evidences that the orientations worked, throughout the qualifications on the subject had favoured the identification of these pupils. The subjects of this research are constituted by the respondent professors who had participated in the program attendance implantation in Dc and are divided in the research in two groups: 26 teachers who had indicated pupils for the program (group 1) and 26 professors who had not indicated pupils (group 2). The instruments applied in this research were: (a) demographic profile of the respondents, what segment they teach, how long they have teaching and their age; b) a survey of the possible elements of the social representation of this teacher through the inductive terms: high abilities/highly gifted and special education; (c) three quandaries based on the theory of moral judgment and on myths refering to the high abilities/highly gifted. Thus, there were strong indications that the myths about the high abilities/highly gifted influence the indication/not indication of these pupils and that these myths must be worked next to the teachers in order to facilitate the indication and to extend their knowledge concerning this subject.

Keywords : High abilities; Highly gifted; Myths; Quandaries.

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