1st Edition

Including the Gifted and Talented Making Inclusion Work for More Gifted and Able Learners

Edited By Chris Smith Copyright 2006
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    This single volume presents the views of experts from the field which challenge the assumption that educational inclusion relates only to those pupils with learning difficulties. In this book, the authors examine the extent to which a truly inclusive context can provide a challenging environment for gifted and talented pupils.

    Key issues explored include:

    • the social and emotional aspects of being a gifted and talented pupil
    • the pros and cons of being labelled gifted and talented in very young children
    • why ‘regular’ classrooms are the best place to educate gifted and talented pupils
    • modifying the basic school curriculum to meet the needs of gifted and talented pupils
    • What is submerged talent and how can it be found?

    As the Government has recently initiated the Excellence in Cities scheme, this thought-provoking volume is an invaluable read to student teachers, practitioners, academics and researchers who wish to further their study in this hot topic.

    Part 1: What Does Inclusion Mean for the Gifted and Talented?  1. Principles of Inclusion: Implications for Able Learners  2. Inequality in Equity: Tackling the Excellence – Equality Conundrum  3. Can ‘Inclusion’ Work for the Gifted and Talented?  4. The Early Years Setting – An Inclusive Framework  5. Are We Nearly There Yet?  Part 2: Can Selective Interventions be Inclusive?  6. Submerged Talent in Inner-Cities: Inclusion by Intervention  7. Maximising Potential…both Academic and Social Emotional  8. To Group or Not to Group: Is That the Question?  Part 3: What Can Ordinary Schools Do to Promote Inclusion for Gifted and Talented Learners?  9. Accommodating Gifted Learners in Regular Classrooms: Promises and Pitfalls  10. Structured Tinkering: Improving Provision for the Gifted and Talented  11. Double Exceptionality: Gifted Children with Special Educational Needs, What Ordinary Schools Can Do to Promote Inclusion  12. A Curriculum of Opportunity: Developing Potential into Performance


    Chris M. M. Smith is Lecturer in Inclusion and Gifted Education at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She is also Project Leader of the Scottish Network for Able Pupils (SNAP).

    "This is a very useful book! It is full of examples of specific activities and strategies for educating children and adolescents of all ages who have symptoms of varying severity. It is written with clarity and ease of access. The book is quite a treasure for launching new teachers into their classroom careers, and will also be useful for experienced teachers who need to update their skills to be effective with learners with ASDs." - Sandra L. Harris, The State University of New Jersey, USA