Conceptual Frameworks for Giftedness and Talent Development: Author Q&A
Conceptual Frameworks for Giftedness and Talent Development: Author Q&A
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 by Andilynn Feddeler

Conceptual Frameworks for Giftedness and Talent Development explores current and enduring theories and comprehensive models of giftedness and talent development. Learn more about this comprehensive resource for scholars in the field of gifted education in this interview with the editors, Tracy L. Cross, Ph.D., and Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Ph.D.

Q: How is the book structured? What is included in each chapter?

A: Each chapter covers a different perspective or framework for talent development. Some of the chapters cover frameworks that have been influential in the field for decades, while others are relatively new but are having a current impact. Chapters include questions for reflection and discussion as well as some discussion about how the theory compares to others.

Q: Who is the ideal audience for this book, and how can they use it in different settings?

A: This book is designed for scholars—as a compendium of current and enduring frameworks. It’s also valuable to new scholars who are just learning about the field of gifted education and perhaps interested in making connections between their main field of work and research. We believe that the book will be helpful to graduate students at the master’s and doctoral levels who are interested in a career in gifted education. Finally, we believe that teachers can benefit from understanding frameworks upon which practices with students have been developed.

Q: What models, theories, and frameworks are covered in the book?

A: The book covers Tannenbaums’s Sea Star Model; the Talent Development Megamodel by Subotnik, Olszewski-Kubilius, and Worrell; the Advanced Academics model; The School-Based Conception of Giftedness by Cross and Cross; the Transformational Giftedness Model by Sternberg; the Evolving Complexity Theory; Renzulli’s Three-Ring Conception of Giftedness; the Talent Search model; and expertise models.

Q: What do you hope readers take away from this book?

A: We hope readers get a comprehensive look at the conceptual frameworks that have influenced practice within the field of gifted education. By reading and reflecting on different perspectives, readers may be able to more fully examine their own beliefs and assumptions about gifted learners and gifted education practice, refine them, or engage in efforts to more fully implement the frameworks in practice.


Tracy L. Cross, Ph.D., holds an endowed chair, Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Psychology and Gifted Education, and is the executive director of the Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary. Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Talent Development and a professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.