Don Ambrose

Don Ambrose
Rider University | RIDER · School of Education

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Introduction
Don Ambrose is editor of the Roeper Review, an international, refereed journal on giftedness and talent development. He initiates and leads large-scale international, interdisciplinary projects aimed at expanding conceptions of creative intelligence. These projects have included prominent scholars in over 25 academic disciplines and professional fields. He has published books on the following topics, among others: dogmatism, interdisciplinary creative intelligence, the moral-ethical dimensions of giftedness and talent development, applications of complexity theory to creative intelligence, and the impact of 21st-century globalization on creative intelligence. He also invents new creative and critical thinking strategies based on concepts from various disciplines.

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There is considerable overlap when it comes to moral and creative actions in the world. Initiatives that are morally positive, or immoral, often require creativity. An interdisciplinary search can help us build a stronger understanding of this overlap. This analysis is based on a collection of insights derived from theories and research findings in...
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The Psychology of Wisdom: An Introduction is the first comprehensive coursebook on wisdom, providing an engaging, balanced, and expert introduction to the psychology of wisdom. It provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the psychological science of wisdom, covering wide-ranging perspectives. Each chapter includes extensive pedagogy, incl...
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Theoretical and practical work in gifted education has been dominated by mechanistic precision in measurements designed to select students for gifted programs and guide them through their development. Too much faith in mechanistic precision can become a form of dogmatism that obscures very important, less-measurable dimensions of human ability. Thi...
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Creativity, giftedness, and leadership are complex, important phenomena, especially in the threatening turbulence of 21st-century conditions; consequently, there is an increasing need to understand how to strengthen them. We can learn much about these phenomena from within the borders of specialized disciplines; however, they are too complex and mu...
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Interdisciplinary work is gaining recognition for its importance in theory development and empirical research, especially in the natural sciences. Arguably, gifted education needs interdisciplinary contributions even more than most fields because it addresses the immensely complex dynamics of the human mind. This analysis describes the nature of in...
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This chapter reviews the previous chapters in the book and identifies points of agreement and disagreement among authors. The greatest point of agreement is that those wishing to identify and develop giftedness in young people need to go beyond IQ in their conception of what it means to be gifted.
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This book brings together eminent and emerging scholars to present cutting-edge research on diverse conceptions of giftedness and talent from a range of international perspectives. It covers classical views, emphasizing IQ, but also seeks to move the academic debate on from the common exclusive emphasis on IQ-based skills. In each chapter the cont...
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A healthy democracy maintains a fine balance between individual freedom and compassionate responsibility. A totalitarian government destroys both of these ideals, leaving virtually all of the power in the hands of an unethical few while abusing the human rights of the vast majority. This interdisciplinary analysis shows how democracies can strength...
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Interdisciplinary and domain-specific investigative trajectories represent very different approaches to the study of creative intelligence. They proceed in opposing directions and seem to generate contradictions. Interdisciplinary work seems to make domain-specific inquiry look excessively insular while domain-specific work seems to undermine the c...
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This analysis extends creative design thinking to the macro-level, applying it to the enormous problems and opportunities generated by twenty-first century globalization. Today’s macroproblems and macro-opportunities require creative, interdisciplinary thinking, and collaboration to enable individuals and teams to address the dogmatism that hinders...
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The forces of globalization are magnifying the importance of interdisciplinary creative work. While the field of creativity studies always has been more open to interdisciplinary idea borrowing than many other fields, it can and should do more interdisciplinary synthesizing. This article begins with a discussion of the rationale for encouraging int...
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This chapter explores how misguided school reformers, the policymakers and citizens who believe those reformers, and the school systems and teachers obeying reform mandates often become trapped within a single worldview and think they are being creative. They might be creative to an extent but they are limiting their creativity by confining their t...
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This article employs an interdisciplinary approach to explore some psychological dimensions of mathematical creativity and the dogmatism that can emerge when mathematical applications are confined within a single worldview. More specifically, it explores some ways in which mathematics has been confined and distorted in service of dogmatic conceptio...
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Robert Sternberg’s (2017) Active Concerned Citizenship and Ethical Leadership (ACCEL) framework provides a helpful way to align gifted education with the complexities of 21st-century socioeconomic and cultural environments. The recommendation that we shift away from pseudoquantitative precision in conceptions of giftedness aligns with similar recom...
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This introductory paper describes the purpose and contents of a special issue of the Roeper Review guest edited by the prominent psychologist Robert J Sternberg. In his focus article Sternberg proposes an expansion of conceptions of giftedness beyond the excessive use of the IQ construct. This expansion will magnify active concerned citizenship and...
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The caveman principle raises questions about the extent to which violence and dominance have plagued humanity from prehistoric times up to the present. There have been some arguments in archaeological circles about this. The emerging consensus is that, in terms of collective behavior, we’ve always had mixed inclinations ranging from violent, hierar...
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This chapter represents an attempt to shed more light on the long-term development of the gifted, talented, and creative by placing that development in a large-scale context of 21st-century trends, which include macroproblems and macro-opportunities. Macroproblems are high-impact, global, long-term, transdisciplinary difficulties that threaten to h...
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How can creative individuals and societies adapt to complex 21st-century conditions? Will civilizations thrive or collapse in the decades to come if they are not creative enough, or if they are too creative? Interest in these questions is growing; however, until now there has been inadequate understanding of the socioeconomic and cultural trends an...
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Are gifted and talented young people ready to handle complex 21st-century socioeconomic, political, cultural, and technological conditions when they move into adulthood? Will complex 21st-century societies benefit sufficiently from the actions of the gifted and talented to survive and thrive in the rapidly evolving context of 21st-century globaliza...
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When today’s gifted and talented young people emerge into adulthood will they be able to overcome some enormous 21st-century problems that are pushing us toward large-scale socioeconomic devastation? Will they be able to capitalize on unprecedented opportunities that can lead to widespread prosperity and fulfillment? This book explores these questi...
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This chapter represents an attempt to shed more light on the long-term development of the gifted, talented, and creative by placing that development in a large-scale context of 21st-century trends, which include macroproblems and macroopportunities. Macroproblems are high-impact, global, long-term, transdisciplinary difficulties that threaten to ha...
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In an increasingly complex world the natural human inclination is to oversimplify issues and problems to make them seem more comprehensible and less threatening. This tendency usually generates forms of dogmatism that diminish our ability to think creatively and to develop worthy talents. Fortunately, complexity theory is giving us ways to make sen...
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A meritocratic society is one in which lofty, creative achievement derives from strong talents guided by powerful aspirations. For a society to be truly meritocratic, high achievement must be morally virtuous or at least morally neutral. In a meritocracy, creative, gifted individuals will generate impressive, morally positive or at least morally ha...
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The vibrant, interdisciplinary science of complexity is illuminating the tendency of complex adaptive systems to oscillate along a continuum from chaos to order, occasionally finding a complexity-generating space somewhere between the two extremes. Awareness of the continuum can enable educators to understand more clearly their own career developme...
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When considering the extent to which complexity theory applies to diverse phenomena it is interesting to consider the structure and dynamics of various academic disciplines. Epistemological frameworks and problem-solving heuristics can differ markedly when one passes through the border separating one discipline from another. Questions arise about t...
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Complexity theory encompasses promising, interdisciplinary attempts to understand the complex dynamics of exquisitely interconnected, dynamically evolving systems. In today’s increasingly complex, turbulent world, excessively simplistic, reductive approaches to theory development, research, and practical application increasingly come up short when...
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In an increasingly complex world the natural human inclination is to oversimplify issues and problems to make them seem more comprehensible and less threatening. This tendency usually generates forms of dogmatism that diminish our ability to think creatively and to develop worthy talents. Fortunately, complexity theory is giving us ways to make sen...
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Severe socioeconomic inequality strongly suppresses and distorts the discovery of aspirations and the concomitant development of talents among the gifted. More comprehensive understanding of this suppression and distortion is available through a wide-ranging interdisciplinary search for research findings and theories that illuminate economic, ideol...
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In a world plagued by enormous, complex problems requiring long-range vision and interdisciplinary insights, the need to attend to the influence of dogmatic thinking on the development of high ability and creative intelligence is pressing. This volume introduces the problem of dogmatism broadly, explores the nature and nuances of dogmatic thinking...
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How can we design schools that energetically promote intellectual development while also attending to the social, emotional, and ethical growth of students? In today’s frenzied climate of accountability driven school reform it is difficult to establish anything more than achievement of superficial knowledge and skill. Fortunately, there is a vibra...
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After spending significant amounts of time observing in the Roeper school and interacting with its students and personnel one feels at a loss for words when trying to find ways to describe its essence. As a lover of metaphor, I tried to find ways to capture the spirit, philosophy, and dynamics of the school through engaging metaphors, selecting one...
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Like most academics who navigate in the fields of gifted education and creative studies I have known about the Roeper School for a long time. In years past this school was lodged away in the corner of my mind where other special schools for the gifted were categorized. Only in the last eight years have I come to know the institution well.
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How can we design schools that energetically promote intellectual development while also attending to the social, emotional, and ethical growth of students? In today's frenzied climate of accountability driven school reform it is difficult to establish anything more than achievement of superficial knowledge and skill. Fortunately, there is a vibran...
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This title looks at the dogmatism that limits the perspectives of professionals, policymakers, and other stakeholders in gifted education. In a field where concepts and definitions surrounding high ability have been contested for many years, there is increasing interest in clarifying these notions today. This book offers such clarity, searching out...
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The iconic economist-philosopher Adam Smith lauded capitalism as a system for distributing opportunity and prosperity widely, and for freeing populations from the oppression they suffered under the European aristocracy of his time. In spite of its early promise and later achievements, capitalism has been transforming in undesirable ways in recent d...
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Arguments over the nature and purpose of theory have abounded within and beyond educational fields. One counterproductive scenario is to leave education atheoretical and conceptually unguided. The opposite counterproductive scenario is to have education dominated by a grand hegemonic but inadequate, narrow theory. The phenomena of interest in educa...

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