Foundational Gifted Education Books for Teacher Preparation Programs
Foundational Gifted Education Books for Teacher Preparation Programs
PUBLISHED: Monday, March 29, 2021 by Andilynn Feddeler

These comprehensive, research-based texts are essential for graduate students, scholars, gifted education professionals, and practitioners for understanding and implementing theories, frameworks, strategies, and core elements of the field.

  • Conceptual Frameworks for Giftedness and Talent Development explores current and enduring theories and comprehensive models of giftedness and talent development. The editors also consider common issues across conceptual frameworks, such as the degree to which achievement defines giftedness, the goal of gifted education, and the role of psychosocial factors. This is a comprehensive reference for scholars and practitioners in the field, as well as those studying at the graduate level.

  • Introduction to Gifted Education is the definitive textbook designed for courses that introduce teachers to gifted education, whether that is in graduate school or in certification or continuing development programs for teachers. The book is inclusive in nature, addressing varied approaches to each topic while relying on no single theory or construct. A rich companion piece supports the text, providing practical strategies and activities for the instructor (designed for both online classes and face-to-face classes). 

  • Understanding the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students (2nd ed.) presents a comprehensive treatment of social and emotional development in high-ability learners. The author provides a wealth of field-tested strategies for addressing social and emotional development. In addition, the book offers a plan for designing a gifted-friendly classroom environment to support the social and emotional well-being of gifted students and a comprehensive collection of resources to support professionals in gifted education research and practice.

  • Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education (3rd ed.) is the definitive reference for a summary and evaluation of the literature on giftedness, gifted education, and talent development. This book also provides an objective assessment of the available knowledge on each topic, offers guidance in the application of the research, and suggests areas of needed research.

  • Content-Based Curriculum for High-Ability Learners (3rd ed.) provides a solid introduction to core elements of curriculum development in gifted education and implications for school-based implementation. Written by experts in the field, this text uses cutting-edge design techniques and aligns core content with national and state standards. In addition to revised chapters, the third edition contains new chapters on topics including special populations of gifted learners, critical thinking, leadership, and university-level honors curriculum.