1st Edition

Understanding Giftedness A guide for parents and educators

    188 Pages
    by Routledge

    188 Pages
    by Routledge

    This concise, accessible guide explores the different models behind the concept of giftedness, examining the criteria for evaluating and identifying gifted children, in order to provide a deeper understanding of the lives of children and young people with high cognitive potential. It offers practical advice to parents and teachers, highlighting common queries and misconceptions and presenting evidence-based suggestions for management methods.

    Key topics covered include the difference between being gifted and talented, how to identify a gifted child, neurological differences between gifted children and their peers, dealing with perfectionism, and the best ways to parent and teach a gifted child. Avoiding prescriptive rules, the authors emphasise the importance of knowing and understanding the individual child whilst utilising research around giftedness to promote the best possible outcomes. Illustrated with case studies of student and teacher perspectives, the book offers an inclusive perspective and practical strategies, whereby the development of individual potential is viewed not only as a way to promote the psychological well-being of the individual but also as an opportunity and benefit for society.

    Understanding Giftedness is essential reading for parents and caregivers, as well as practitioners in clinical and educational psychology, counselling, mental health, nursing, child welfare, public healthcare and those in education who want to help young people develop their talents and achieve their full potential.

    Part I Understanding Giftedness

    Chapter 1 – An In-Depth Look at Giftedness

    Chapter 2 – The Gifted Adolescent World

    Chapter 3 – Learning for Gifted Students is Not So Easy

    Chapter 4 – Educating Gifted and Talented Students in the Everyday School Practice

    Chapter 5 – Being a Parent of Gifted Children and Adolescents: Personal Strategies to Support Growth

    Part II Supporting Gifted Students in School

    Chapter 6 – Watching the Plants Grow: Understanding Giftedness in Science

    Chapter 7 – Teachers’ Conceptions of Giftedness and Gifted Education: An International Perspective

    Chapter 8 – Implementing Schoolwide Enrichment Model for Talent Development: Perspective from Students and Teachers in Italy


    Maria Assunta Zanetti is Associate Professor in the Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences, University of Pavia, Italy. She is Director of the Italian Laboratory of Research and Intervention for the Development of Talent, Potential and Giftedness at the University of Pavia, Italy. She is a member of the committee of the Italian Ministry of Education for the development of gifted and talented guidelines.

    Gianluca Gualdi is a psychotherapist and lecturer in developmental psychology at the University of Pavia, Italy. He is involved with LabTalento, in collaboration with the Province of Pavia, running training for high-ability adolescents, training teachers and professionals.

    Michael Cascianelli is a School Principal of an international school in Italy where he focuses on the implementation of schoolwide enrichment models and the support of gifted and talented students. He is currently developing his research at the Faculty of Education of the University of Cambridge, UK.