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The Development of the High Ability Child
Psychological Perspectives on Giftedness

ISBN 9780367458027
Published December 23, 2021 by Routledge
204 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This valuable text will help readers to understand the physical, social, and cognitive development of high ability children. Written by experts in the fields of education and psychology, each chapter applies core principles of psychology to the development of gifted and talented children. Through the content, readers will be shown how these children are like all children as well as the ways in which their development is unique.

Covering the psychology of learning and learners, personality differences, language and physical development, problem solving, and motivation of high ability children, this book provides readers with a strong foundation for supporting and developing advanced learners. The text also includes Field Notes and Eye for Diversity sections to enable readers to put into practice, and recognize, important issues being discussed.

Throughout, the editors blend discussions of research with practical advice for individuals charged with nurturing children with advanced cognitive potential. It is an essential read for students, counsellors, administrators, therapists, and parents seeking to support high ability children and their needs.

Table of Contents

Erin M. Miller and Michael S. Matthews
1. Key Methodological Issues in Researching Gifted Education and Advanced Academics
Matthew T. McBee
2. Physical Development of Gifted Students
Jennifer L. Jolly
3. The Psychology of Learning: Modalities and Their Application to Advanced Academics
James Bishop and Julia Hujar
4. The Role of Superior Attention and Memory Abilities in the Lives of Cognitively Advanced Individuals
Erin M. Miller
5. Language Development and Education of Advanced Learners and Precocious Readers
Mary Slade
6. Problem-Solving Characteristics in Gifted and Advanced Learners
Camelia Birlean, Emma Margaret Birlean and Bruce M. Shore
7. Motivation and Achievement in Gifted and Advanced Learners
Hope Elisabeth Wilson
8. Individual Differences in Personality Among Cognitively Advanced Learners
Sakhavat Mammadov
9. The Psychological Adjustment of Gifted Children and Individuals with High Intellectual Ability
Andrea Esperat Lein
10. Conclusions and Implications for the Future
Michael S. Matthews, Erin M. Miller and Dante D. Dixson

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Erin M. Miller has a doctorate in Educational Psychology with a specialization in gifted and talented children from the University of Virginia. She has been active in the field of gifted education for 15 years, presenting at the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) each of those years. She has held multiple leadership positions for NAGC and AERA and is currently the Associate Editor for the Journal of Advanced Academics. She holds an associate professor of psychology position at Bridgewater College where she teaches General Psychology, Memory and Cognition, Biology of the Mind, Creativity and Problem-Solving, and Measurement and Statistics courses.

Michael S. Matthews is a Professor and Program Director for the Academically/Intellectually Gifted graduate programs at UNC Charlotte where he teaches courses related to various aspects of gifted education. He is co-editor of Gifted Child Quarterly and has served as a Board Member of the National Association for Gifted Children. He is also past Chair of the Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent group of the American Educational Research Association, and a former board member for the Metrolina Scholars Academy charter school and the North Carolina Association for the Gifted & Talented. He is author or editor of five books, around 45 peer reviewed articles, and over a dozen book chapters. He presents regularly at state, national, and international conferences, and his scholarship has been recognized with the Early Scholar Award (NAGC), the Pyryt Collaboration Award (AERA), and the Legacy Book Award from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented in the category of "Best Scholarly Work".

Dante D. Dixson is an Assistant Professor of School and Educational Psychology at Michigan State University. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Gifted Child Quarterly, the Journal for the Education of the Gifted, School Psychology Review, and the Journal of Black Psychology. In addition, he is a board member for the Roeper Institute and the Michigan Association of Gifted Children. Dr. Dixson’s areas of expertise include the role of hope in the educational and psychological functioning of children and adolescents, psychosocial precursors of achievement, and the underrepresentation of minority and disadvantaged youth in gifted education.


'This book will become the definitive resource on the physical, social, and cognitive development of advanced learners. It provides an honest accounting of how they are unique, where they are not, and what questions remain unanswered.'

Scott J. Peters, Ph.D., Professor of Assessment and Research Methodology, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

'This book takes the most in-depth look at the field of developmental psychology applied to the study of children with high ability of any book on the market. This is a must read for folks interested in the psychology of high ability.'

Anne N. Rinn, Ph.D., Professor of Educational Psychology, University of North Texas