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Talent identification in Hungary: From identification to investigation

Szilvia Péter-Szarka

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Abstract: This article provides an outline of talent identification practices and challenges in Hungary. First, it gives a summary of gifted education in the country; then the general challenges of talent identification are introduced: difficulties of defining talent, talent as potential, environmental factors, the role of perseverance and motivation, and individual variety. Later, recent Hungarian identification practices are shown, followed by a summary and a conclusion about how our identification practice should be developed into an investigation of individual characetristics. We propose stronger focus on the use of cognitive profile tests, investigation of interest-based characteristics, the use of observation and dynamic assessment methods, teacher nomination and emphasizing the need for effort. The focus from identification toward investigation exploring individual needs and characteristics to provide the most appropriate pathway for development in the 21st century seems to be a more effective way of talent support than mere selection.

Keywords: talented, identification, Hungary, investigation, environmental factors

Péter-Szarka, S. (2014). Talent identification in Hungary: From identification to investigation. Psihološka obzorja, 23, 155–162.

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