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Title: Co-constructed talent development as a realisation of Ganma: A talent development model for gifted Aboriginal (Yolnu) students
Contributor(s): Thraves, Genevieve  (author)orcid ; Berman, Jeanette  (author)orcid ; Baker, Penelope  (author)orcid ; Dhurrkay, Miriam (author)
Publication Date: 2022-12
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Abstract: Australian Aboriginal learners have a long history of underrepresentation in gifted and talented education. This results, at least in part, from cultural differences in the way giftedness is understood, as well as variance in the practices and processes used to develop talents. Perhaps a co-constructed both-ways model could go some way to addressing this issue. The Ganma metaphor provides a useful framework for understanding how both-ways models are conceptualised by the Yolŋu (an Australian Aboriginal group). Ganma is described as the point where two distinct tributaries, one salt water (representing non-Aboriginal knowledge) and the other fresh water (representing Aboriginal knowledge), come together to form a lagoon. The streams churn together to create a new body of water with its own distinct habitat. This article presents a both-ways talent development model that draws on the principles of Ganma in an effort to support gifted Yolŋu youth. Three Elders and three teachers worked together to co-construct the features of the model, and this collaboration ensured that both Yolŋu (Aboriginal) and non-Yolŋu (school-based) understandings of giftedness and talent development are reflected across the model's various components. In essence, the both-ways nature of this model allows it to realise the new habitat that sits at the heart of the Ganma metaphor.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 31(2), p. 5-19
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
450213 Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, histories, culture, country, perspectives and ethics in education
390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160201 Equity and access to education
210201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education engagement and attendance outcomes
210404 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge
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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