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Vialle, W. J. (2007). Spiritual intelligence: An important dimension of giftedness. In K. Tirri (Eds.), Values and Foundations in Gifted Education (pp. 171-186). Bern: Peter Lang.


As the twenty-first century unfolds with its emphasis on global concerns and technology that is obsolete before it is out of its packaging, we need to reconsider what we understand by thinking and learning. Such reframing is essential if we are to adequately educate the twenty-first century learner. In the past, we neatly separated the cognitive realm of thinking and learning from the physical, social and emotional realities of the learner. However, substantial research has clearly established the inter-dependence and connectedness of each of these spheres within individuals. Spirituality, though, has barely been considered in these constructions of young people, and particularly of gifted young people.

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