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ABSTRACT. Giftedness in Central Europe is understood as a highly positive human characteristic, and its appraisal in individual cases is very sensitive. Identification of a child’s giftedness has an impact not only on the child, but also on the whole family. At the same time, a child’s giftedness is perceived as a social value. This premise raises a number of concerns. Does individualized care for gifted children increase and deepen social divides? And, what are the potential consequences for a child and family if the child is not included in a gifted education program? Often the definition of giftedness is derived from the characteristics of a gifted child. Constructed in this way, the concept of giftedness becomes a classification, and creates a divide between people with the identified talent(s), and people without them. This paper, attempts to raise a number of concerns and ethical dilemmas on the education of gifted children in Central Europe. pp. 146–154

Keywords: gifted children; Central Europe; ethical dilemma; education

VLADIMIR DOCKAL
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Research Institute for Child Psychology and Pathopsychology,
Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University

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