The Development Of Gifted Education

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Historical roots School students’ involvement in research projects is a new demand of 21st century due to some factors: globalization trend, development of human capital, implementation of the reform on the support and development of schools for gifted students and the poor results of Kazakhstani students in PISA. Since this paper is focused on research projects in the framework of gifted education, it is essential to determine the concepts of “children as researchers” and “gifted education” by answering the question “What” and then, discuss the reasons of “Why”. The historical roots of the concept of children as researchers started being popular because of the change of children’s status in society ( Hallet and Prout 2003; Alderson and Morrow, 2004). The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC, 1989) designated children as social actors in their own rights. Specifically, children should be enlightened and engaged about all solutions that influence their lives (as cited in Kellett, 2005, p.4). According to some scholars (Kirby and Bryson, 2002; Johnson et al., 1998), since that time the growth of children as participants as well as co-researchers is apparently seen. Initially, children were involved in some data collections, thus most of research projects are still being manipulated by adults and children are not considered as potential partners (Kellett, 2005, p.5). Nevertheless, the definition of
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