The Nurturing of Talent, Skills and Abilities


Michael F. Shaughnessy, PhD – Professor of Psychology, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico, USA

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World, Fine Arts, Music and Literature
BISAC: EDU057000

We are all born with the propensity to achieve, succeed and thrive in our endeavors. We have certain skills, talents and abilities that can be nurtured, shaped, formed and encouraged. The human species has a vast number of these talents, skills and abilities, and it remains a wonder as to how some individuals reach the pinnacle of perfection with their skills and talents, while others remain simply mediocre.
Certainly genetics, home environment, mentoring and coaching all play a role in success. Observing excellent role models with robust skills, and being provided with superlative tutoring and direct instruction also play a major role in later life. Luck, chance, fate, the stars- all perhaps enter into the equation, resulting in a person who is called to greatness.

This book examines and explores the development of many realms of talent. We are privy to the domains of art, music, chess and thinking. We explore and examine mathematical thinking, philosophical thinking as well as scientific thinking. The realms of the novice as well as the expert are explored and examined by some of the foremost thinkers of the current time period. This book brings together leaders in their respective fields from around the world to promote the skills and abilities that permeate their respective fields.

The eyes may be the window to the soul, and the eyes further enhance the development of visual and artistic talent, delving into the realm of aesthetics. The ears help us perceive melody, yet also afford the opportunity to hear oneself and one’s vocal pitch, timbre and quality. Our brains enable us to think critically, in a sophisticated, philosophical manner, as well as to, and here we are putting this simply, learn. The realm of learning continues to be a domain worthy of exploration as chapters in this book examine the realm of mathematical learning, scientific learning, philosophical learning vis-à-vis the socratic method, early identification as well as acceleration and enrichment. Our ears enable us to listen to music, to enjoy melody and pitch, and also to develop one’s musical talents and abilities, be they in performance, composing, transposing or collaborating.
Certain specific realms are also explored. The game of chess, the game of kings with innumerable moves and sophisticated strategies is examined. The “magic synthesis” of creative thinking and metaphorical thinking, synthetic thinking and analogical thinking is also reviewed.
Certain graduate realms are also reviewed. The training of graduate researchers in the development of hypothesis testing, reviewing literature, and learning methodology and the appropriate statistical methodology is also explored. And some interpersonal realms as well as intra-personal domains are explored. Specifically, the training of the individuals that we know as “counselors” is explored followed by the domain of written expression. Also explained is the art of being able to communicate eloquently in a sophisticated manner, energizing, enervating and motivating others through the written word. This is the realm of talents, the domain of skills and the area of abilities. We are all born with these propensities. However, bringing them to fruition is another area of concern and exploration.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Development of Skills, Talents and Creative Abilities in Visual Arts Education
(Enid Zimmerman, Indiana University, IN, USA)

Chapter 2. Nurturing Vocal Talent
(Jason Paulk, Kayla Paulk and Jason Vest, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM, USA)

Chapter 3. Using the Study of Language to Help Develop Musical Sensitivity
(Mark Dal Porto and Tracy Carr, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM, USA)

Chapter 4. The Socratic Methodology, the Development of Mathematical
Thinking Skills, and the Spiritual Revival of the West
(Colin Hannaford, Oxford, England)

Chapter 5. Developing Mathematical Talent
(Linda E. Brody, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA)

Chapter 6. Learn, Un-learn, and Re-learn: Developing Critical Thinking Skills and Learning Skills and Abilities in the 21<sub>st</sub> Century
(Donald C. Elder III, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM, USA)

Chapter 7. Back to the Future: What We Already Know about Critical Thinking and Science Education
(Jerry Everhart, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM, USA)

Chapter 8. Developing Philosophical Thinking Skills and Abilities
(Gerard Casey, University College, Dublin, Ireland)

Chapter 9. Supporting Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children and Adolescents
(Lisa Rivero, Milwaukee School of Engineering, WI, USA)

Chapter 10. Development and Nurturance of Giftedness
(Roya Klingner, Global Center for Gifted and Talented Children, Freising, Germany)

Chapter 11. In the Development of Creative Thinking, Metaphors Matter
(John Baer, Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ, USA)

Chapter 12. How to Parent Chess Talent: Classic and Modern Stories
(Kenneth A. Kierwa and Amanda L. Witte, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE, USA)

Chapter 13. The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Development of Graduate Researchers
(Gwen C. Marchand, Gregory Schraw and Lori Olafson, Educational Psychology and Higher Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV, USA)

Chapter 14. What Counselors Need to Learn: Skills, Talents and Abilities
(Adam Blatner, Senior University, Georgetown, TX, USA)

Chapter 15. The Curse of College English: Freshman Composition
(Antony Oldknow, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM, USA)


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