Paradigms of Gifted Education A Guide for Theory-Based, Practice-Focused Research
This book highlights how to conduct research in gifted education when researchers have to choose from myriad theoretical ideas, hypotheses, claims, practical models, and strategies. It shows researchers how to build clarity, rigor, and relevance into a research agenda that combats fragmentation and contributes to enhanced theoretical and practical endeavors in the field. Specifically, Paradigms of Gifted Education advocates a paradigmatic approach to conducting research in gifted education and shows how it can be done every step of the way by specifying the essential questions of What?, Why?, Who?, and How? in a coherent manner, and by selecting methods that are appropriate for the question asked and the phase of the research efforts. To facilitate the development of a research agenda, the book identifies three major paradigms of gifted education and 20 essential research questions that would help move the field forward.
Advocating a paradigmatic approach to inquiry in the field, authors David Yun Dai and Fei Chen focus on consistent and coherent methodology in their new book Paradigms of Gifted Education: A Guide to Theory-Based, Practice-Focused Research.,Gifted Child Today, 6/21/15
The language, rigor, and stated purpose of this text recommend its use by researchers and theoreticians as they move toward more explicit empirical investigation of the field of gifted education. In addition, educators and administrators who are willing to engage the highly technical writing would benefit from the comprehensive, research-based history of the field as a context for making immediate programmatic decisions in service to students identified as gifted. ,Kristofer Wiley, Ph.D.,Roeper Review, 9/1/14