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Title: Djalkirri Rom and gifts, talents and talent development: Yolngu Way, An Australian approach to talent development
Contributor(s): Thraves, Genevieve  (author)orcid ; Baker, Penelope  (author)orcid ; Berman, Jeanette  (author)orcid ; Nye, Adele  (author)orcid ; Dhurrkay, Miriam (author)
Publication Date: 2021-06
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Abstract: Giftedness has long been recognised as a cultural construct. Further, the processes and practices for developing talents are culturally influenced. Yet, there is little existing research into Australian Aboriginal understandings of giftedness and talent. There is a need to move beyond pan-Aboriginality when considering Australian Aboriginal views, and with this in mind, this paper reports the findings of an investigation into Yolŋu conceptions of giftedness, talent, and talent development. Importantly, for the Yolŋu participants in this study, these constructs are grounded in their foundation law (Djalkiri Rom). It follows that identification of giftedness relies on observation of traits and behaviours that, when harnessed, will serve these cultural priorities. It also follows that the practices and processes used by the Yolŋu to develop talents will be mediated by their cultural milieu. This has implications for young people from cultural minority backgrounds, including Australian Aboriginal students, who often find their approaches to giftedness and talent sidelined at school.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 30(1), p. 5-22
Publisher: Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1323-9686
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390401 Comparative and cross-cultural education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160201 Equity and access to education
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages: N230 Yolngu Matha
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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