Dr. Borland's conception of giftedness asserts that a conception should not exist; the construct of the gifted child is not necessary for the field of gifted education, and in fact has hindered the efforts of educators because of the elitist and inflammatory feelings generated by labeling a child "gifted". Unequal allocation of educational resources has contributed to the negative feelings our field has caused, and this is due, according to Dr. Borland, to the creation of the idea of a "gifted child". Dr. Borland also argues that the educational practices based largely on the concept of the "gifted child" have not been effective; essentially, the social construct of "giftedness" is irrelevant and sometimes detrimental to our efforts as educators of exceptional children. Dr. Borland acknowledges the existence of children with specific gifts (i.e. gifted violinist), ...
Analysis of James Borland's conception of giftedness, including strengths, weaknesses and further questions for discussion.