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Diversity in Gifted Education

International Perspectives on Global Issues, 1st Edition

Edited by Gillian Eriksson, Belle Wallace


352 pages

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This timely book brings together experts from around the world to share expertise and best practice to form an eclectic collection of the best approaches for teaching gifted and talented children from different cultures. Each chapter:

  • presents an overview of international perspectives on the issues of multi-cultural and gifted education
  • examines the critical issues related to cultural definitions of giftedness in programming for diverse gifted students
  • presents regional case studies in order to inform practitioners' best practice
  • examines issues of access for gifted students in relation to culture, poverty, race and gender.

In addition, details of websites and associations which offer support and advice are also provided, making this book an invaluable resource for academics, researchers, teachers and parents of gifted and talented children.


'This is the most demanding book I have had to review because it is difficult to do it justice… It is thought provoking, erudite, accessible and informed. It is a must for anyone who has a serious interest in gifted education and who wants to extend and enrich their thinking on what we really mean by disadvantage and how to move forward to realising equity and excellence for all.' - Sue Mordecai, Senior Adviser in Education, Bromley, London, UK

'[This book]provides a compelling, comprehensive, and cogent overview of gifted education, which in turn makes its insights into ways of accommodating and serving diverse learners all the more insightful and useful … Diversity in Gifted Education is a work that all interested in gifted education, diverse student populations, and international and comparative education must possess. As do most classic works, it seamlessly combines the best of prior work with innovative ways of looking at old predicaments. Diversity in Gifted Education is of value to the scholar, the practitioner, and the advocate of gifted education. It should be read with care by all examining new paradigms for gifted education.' - Gifted Education International

Table of Contents

Introduction: Applying Multicultural and Global Education Principles to the Education of Diverse Gifted and Talented Children 1. Cognition and underachievement 2. Bilingually enriched students 3. Culturally diverse students 4. Socio-economic class issues 5. Ethnic promise and prejudice 6. Ethical perspectives 7. Gender issues 8. Exceptionality issues 9. Developmental age concerns 10. Global education issues 11. International profiles. Conclusion: A Glimpse of Life Poised and Open in Expectancy

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Special Education / Gifted
EDUCATION / Leadership