Introduction to Gifted Education is the definitive textbook designed for courses that introduce teachers to gifted education, whether that is in graduate school or in certification or continuing development programs for teachers. The book is inclusive in nature, addressing varied approaches to each topic while relying on no single theory or construct. The book includes chapters that focus on critical topics such as gifted education standards, social-emotional needs, cognitive development, diverse learners, identification, programming options, creativity, professional development, and curriculum. The book provides a comprehensive look at each topic, including an overview of big ideas, its history, and a thorough discussion to help those new to the field gain a better understanding of gifted students and strategies to address their needs. A rich companion piece supports the text, providing practical strategies and activities for the instructor (designed for both online classes and face-to-face classes).
Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented 2018 Legacy Book Award Winner—Scholar
Table of Contents
Introduction SECTION I Getting Started Chapter 1 Conceptual Frameworks in Gifted Education as the Foundation for Services Chapter 2 History of Gifted Education Chapter 3 Standards in Gifted Education SECTION II The Gifted Learner Chapter 4 Characteristics of Gifted Learners Chapter 5 Social and Emotional Development of Students With Gifts and Talents Chapter 6 Cognitive Development of Giftedness and Talents: From Theory to Practice SECTION III The Basics for Advanced Learning Chapter 7 Identification Chapter 8 Curriculum for Gifted Students: Developing Talent and Intellectual Character Chapter 9 Learning Assessments for Gifted Learners Chapter 10 Designing the Learning Environment for Gifted Students Chapter 11 The Learning Environment at Home: Parents and Families SECTION IV Programming for Advanced Learning and Talent Development Chapter 12 Enrichment: In and Out of School Chapter 13 Acceleration: Practical Applications and Policy Implications Chapter 14 Differentiation Chapter 15 Talent Development as a Framework for the Delivery of Services to Gifted Children Chapter 16 Creativity: Definitions, Interventions, and Assessments SECTION V Diversity of Learners Chapter 17 Understanding Underachievement Chapter 18 Underrepresented Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Gifted Students: Recommendations for Equitable Recruitment and Retention Chapter 19 Gifted Students From Low-Socioeconomic Backgrounds Chapter 20 The Interplay Between Geography and Giftedness Chapter 21 Educating Gifted Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Students Chapter 22 Meeting the Needs of Students Who Are Twice-Exceptional SECTION VI Improving Services for Gifted Learners: Moving Forward Chapter 23 Professional Development Chapter 24 Policy in Gifted Education Chapter 25 Advocacy About the Editors About the Authors
Julia Link Roberts, Ph.D., is the Mahurin Professor in Gifted Studies and director and founder of The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Roberts was named a Distinguished Professor at Western Kentucky University and was honored as the first recipient of the National Association for Gifted Children David W. Belin Advocacy Award.
She was also named Executive Director of the Center for Gifted Studies and the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky.
Tracy Ford Inman has devoted her career to meeting the needs of young people, especially those who are gifted and talented. She has taught at both the high school and collegiate levels, as well as in summer programs for gifted and talented youth. This Who's Who Among American Educators was a Kentucky Teacher of the Year semifinalist in 1992, and now serves as Associate Director of The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.
Inman has presented papers at both state and national levels and has been a writer and editor for The Challenge, an award-winning news magazine of The Center for Gifted Studies. At Western Kentucky University, she earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1986, secondary teacher certification in 1988, a master's degree in education in 1992, and an endorsement in gifted education in 2001.