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.
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
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
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
'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