Paperback | 448 Pages
ISBN: 978-0-415-46137-5

The Routledge International Companion to Gifted Education is a ground-breaking collection of fully-referenced chapters written by many of the most highly-respected authorities on the subject from around the world. These fifty contributors include distinguished scholars who have produced many of the most significant advances to the field over the past few decades, like Joseph Renzulli and Robert Sternberg, alongside authorities who ask questions about the very concepts and terminology embodied in the field – scholars such as Carol Dweck and Guy Claxton.

This multi-faceted volume:

  • highlights strategies to support giftedness in children, providing ideas that work and weeding out those that don’t;
  • is written in jargon-free language in an easy-to use themed format;
  • is the most authoritative collection of future-focused views, ideas and reflections, practices and evaluations yet produced;
  • includes chapters dealing with the major controversies and concerns in the field today, from the problems of identification to changing understandings of giftedness and creativity.

The international aspect of the Companion, and its juxtaposition of points of view – whereby chapters are deliberately positioned and accompanied by editorial commentary to highlight the contrasts with each other – ensures that different views are addressed, allowing the reader to absorb and reflect upon the many perspectives on each issue.

The Companion is a guide to the new ideas and controversies that are informing gifted education discussion and policy-making around the world. It is a first class resource to students and researchers alike.

Editor Bios

Dona Matthews is a Visiting Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto and, until recently, the Director of the Center for Gifted Studies and Education at the Hunter College, City University of New York, working with the New York City Department of Education on gifted education policies and practices.

Tom Balchin is a Research Fellow and Lecturer in gifted education, based in the Brunel Able Children’s Education Centre at Brunel University, UK. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Institute of Education, Reading University, UK.

Barry Hymer is a Visiting Fellow at Newcastle University’s Centre for Teaching and Learning in the UK. He is a freelance educator, chartered psychologist, trainer and writer, specialising in the fields of thinking skills, creativity and gifted education.

Table of Contents

Foreword by James H. Borland Authors’ Biographies Introduction: Reflections on the road ahead

Part I. Models, Definitions & Conceptual Challenges

1. Brightening Up: How Children Learn To Be Gifted, Guy Claxton & Sara Meadows
2. Neural Interconnectivity And Intellectual Creativity: Giftedness, Savants, And Learning Styles, John Geake
3. Making Connections: Cognition, Emotion, And A Shifting Paradigm, Dona J. Matthews & Christy Folsom
4. Giftedness: The Gift That Keeps On Giving, Dean Simonton
5. Talent Development: DMGT, Françoys Gagné
6. The Nature Of Creative Giftedness And Talent, Todd Lubart, Asta Georgsdottir & Maud Besançon
7. The Future Of The English Definition Of Giftedness, Thomas Balchin

Part II. International Perspectives

8. Gifted Education From The German Perspective, Kurt Heller
9. Education Practices For Gifted Learners In France: An Overview, Pierre Vrignaud, Denis Bonora, & Annie Dreux
10. High Ability Education In Sweden: The Swedish Model, Åke Edfeldt & Inger Wistedt
11. A Proposal For Gifted Education In Reluctant Schools: The Case Of The Greek School System, Elias Matsagouras & Evangelia Dougali
12. We Can Still Do This, Or Can We? The Russian System Of Educating And Promoting Talent In Mathematics And Science, Ida Jeltova, Konstantin Lukin & Elena L. Grigorenko
13. Russian Strategies For Talent Development: Stimulating Comfort And Discomfort, Victoria S. Yurkevich & Boris M. Davidovich
14. Gifted But Underachieving: Australian Indigenous Children, Graham M. Chaffey
15. Lay Conceptions Of Giftedness Among The Chinese People, David W. Chan

Part III. Psychosocial Development

16. The Ethics Of Gifted Education – What Can We Learn From Medical Ethics? Annie Haight
17. Ethical Sensitivity And Giftedness, Kirsi Tirri
18. Morality And Giftedness, Joan Freeman
19. Emotional Intelligence: Re-Examining Some Preconceptions, Maria Dolores Prieto & Mercedes Ferrando
20. Too Long Neglected: Giftedness In Younger Children, Valsa Koshy
21. Teaching The Able Child … Or Teaching The Child To Be Able? Jan Hughes
22. Global Success And Giftedness, Carmen Cretu
23. A Reconsideration Of The Widely Held Conviction That Gifted Students Prefer To Work Alone, Lisa R. French & Bruce M. Shore

Part IV. Theory into Practice: Differentiation Strategies, Tools, and Approaches

24. A Computerized Strength Assessment And Internet-Based Enrichment Program For Developing Giftedness And Talents, Joseph Renzulli and Sally Reis
25. Acceleration: Meeting The Academic And Social Needs Of Students, Nicholas Colangelo & Susan Assouline
26. Recognising And Fostering Creative Production, Thomas Balchin
27. Programming For Talent Development: Expanding Horizons For Gifted Education, Donald Treffinger, Carole A. Nassab & Edwin C. Selby
28. Special Educational Needs And Dual Exceptionality, Diane Montgomery
29. Visual Thinking: A Gifted Boy With Asperger Syndrome, Wieslawa Limont
30. Challenge And Creativity: Making The Links, Helen Wilson
31. Educating For Enquiry: Personalising Learning Through Dialogic Teaching, Robert Fisher

Part V. Expanding Horizons: Supporting Gifted Development More Broadly

32. Wisdom, Intelligence, Creativity, Synthesised: A Model Of Giftedness, Robert Sternberg
33. Fostering Giftedness In Urban And Diverse Communities: Context-Sensitive Solutions, Ian Warwick & Dona Matthews
34. The Role Of Gifted Education In Promoting Cultural Diversity, Joyce VanTassel-Baska
35. Developing Pupils’ Problem-Solving And Thinking Skills, Belle Wallace
36. Creating Inclusive And Inclusional Understandings Of Gifts And Talents Through Living Educational Theory Research, Marie Huxtable
37. Beyond Compare? Thoughts Towards An Inclusional, Fluid, And Non-Normative Understanding Of Giftedness, Barry J. Hymer
38. Self-Theories And Lessons For Giftedness: A Reflective Conversation, Carol S. Dweck
39. Turning Points And Future Directions In Gifted Education And Talent Development, Sally M. Reis

  1. Education Policy & Politics
  2. Sociology of Education
  3. Theory of Education
  4. Gifted & Talented