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Shvoong Home>Medicine & Health>Prodigies (masters of specialties) Review

Prodigies (masters of specialties)

Book Review   by:analis     Original Author: Lynn Goldsmith
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PRODIGIES (MASTERS OF SPECIALISTS)

prodigy children possess an extremely powerful and specilized talent that asserts itself at an exceptionally aerly age. The prodigy can be thought as a specialist's specialist. They demostrate incredible talent for a specific domain of knowledge.
There is no universally accpeted criterion for identifying the prodigy, although most would agree that the essential characteristic is displaying adult-level competence in a highly demanding field during childhood. Others may eventually master the field more fully or more elegantly, but none does it more youthfully.
the definition of its prodigiousness is inteded to direct attention of the child's rapid early mastery. It is this relative speed and seeming maturity of mastery that is the hallmark of the prodigy, unlike the term girfted child, which refers only to the academically talented high child, while on the other hand prodigy cant be identified, for example, by an IQ score.
teachers are also critical in nurturing the prodigy. while prodigies display an unsually mature grasp of specific field, they do not always benefit from the kind of instruction used with older students.
Brilliant teachers who have no warmth or feel for children will not make successful instructors for prodigies regardless of their credentials with adult pupils. The unusual combination of a child's psyche with a rapidly maturing talent demands an equally unusual teacher who is capable of responding to both aspects of the prodigy's character.
Finally the prodigy's talent will fail to flourish unless society supports the particular field of expertise. If the culture at large does not consider the talent interesting, it will be far less likely to provide opportunities or serious study and development.
Published: June 29, 2007   
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