- Series: Education and Psychology of the Gifted Series (Book 9)
- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: Teachers College Pr (September 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807731439
- ISBN-13: 978-0807731437
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,643,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nature's Gambit: Child Prodigies and the Development of Human Potential (Education and Psychology of the Gifted Series) Paperback – September, 1991
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The most important point in this book is that contrary to the myth that prodigies are born with their talent and will overcome all obstacles to become great, in reality they must be exposed to a field or art, their interest must be observed and acted upon by a parent, and the parents must work hard to allow a potential prodigy to achieve any significant portion of his potential. This is not a trivial point. And it indicates that only a tiny portion of potential prodigies are ever given a chance.
With one prior book on cognitive development, Feldman's literary style seems to lack substance, is wordy, apologetic yet pompous & curiously exposes a surreal gambit. In Preface he bespeaks Gruber of Harvard "had once again recognized a deeper theme in my work ..." And, "prodigies had either been ignored entirely...or interpreted as freaks of nature -- exceptions...described but not explained" & he (author) wants "prodigy phenomenon"...recognized as a lawful example of development rather than...anomaly." He believes there is "a dimension to human evolution that is different from evolution in cats or pansies" & his study may teach us "how we might better choreograph our uniquely human dance." As, perhaps, a humble Literary First, Acknowledgements begin: "Although this book bears the name of a single author..." we find cover & title page imprinted "with Lynn T. Goldsmith." (We are told it is his wife).
The 12 Chaps. divided into 3 Parts cover his search, observations & sagacity on 6 prodigies & their gurus & some analyses of cultural encounters & assimilation issues with cohorts, siblings, parents & mentors. He expounds on the term "co-incidence...the major organizing theme...to capture...many sets of forces in development & expression of human potential" which require guidance. The 6 children in study are all boys, the author apologizing thrice for this happening. How "one is Italian" & "one is distinctly Scottish" is far, far beyond me, as is his expose that "Only one...is Jewish, which surprized me" (he fails to reveal if there should me more or none).Read more ›
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I wanted to know more about the 2% of our population that is termed as gifted. This book was very helpful in my researching gifted children for my book. Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by H G Keller
While "it remains true that the prodigy cries out for explanation," Feldman displays an array of insights which demonstrate that (as he approvingly quotes Richard Feynman): "The... Read morePublished on May 1, 2002 by Billy Ethridge