Author: Thomas P. H├ębert, Ph.D.
Product Code: 5028
ISBN: 9781593635022
Pages: 506
Availability: In stock.

A gifted education Legacy Award winner, Understanding the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students presents a comprehensive treatment of social and emotional development in high-ability learners. The author, a nationally recognized leader in gifted education, discusses theories that guide our examination of the lived experiences of gifted students; social and emotional characteristics and behaviors evidenced in gifted learners; friendships and family relationships that support them; contextual influences that shape their social and emotional lives; and identity development. Moreover, the author examines the complexity of these issues with gifted underachievers, gifted culturally diverse students, and twice-exceptional students. In addition, the book offers a plan for designing a gifted-friendly classroom environment for social and emotional development and a comprehensive collection of resources to support professionals in gifted education research and practice.

The author has more than a decade of classroom experience working with K–12 gifted students and almost 20 years in higher education training graduate students and educators. As a result, this book combines theory that drives our understanding of gifted students with the latest research and practical strategies to implement in addressing social and emotional development with K–12 students. The book is geared toward graduate students with research interests in this area and educators with questions regarding how to support gifted young people in their classrooms.

Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented 2011 Legacy Book Award Winner - Scholars


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by Chad
on 4/15/2015
from Georgia
The Heart of Teaching
My professor assigned this text as a major component of our reading. Hebert truly has a heart for students, and the book resonated deeply with me as an educator longing to teach AND edify the young people under my care. As a prior reviewer stated, Hebert offers solid theory as well as practical application. The appendices are very helpful in seeking to carry through in the classroom.
by Joan
on 2/15/2012
from Nebraska
Understanding the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students
When I used this text for my social emotional class, the students gave it their highest marks. They loved the coverage, the writing, and the insights. It contains good balance between theory, practice, and personal anecdotes in a format that is easy to read.
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Review by: Chelsea Beth Chandler, Roeper Review - September 1, 2014
Reading Hébert’s Understanding the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students will be a worthy endeavor for teachers, school counselors, and gifted students alike. The book avoids the relative dryness of traditional textbooks and helps to inject life into the theories presented . . . Hébert’s well-written and logically organized book does not attempt to oversimplify the social and emotional lives of gifted students but instead promotes the celebration of their complexities.
Review by: James Cox, Midwest Book Review - March 1, 2011
With chapters on helping underachievers, cultural challenges that often come with such talents, and extra challenge that comes with dealing with the gifted among the gifted, Understanding the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students is a wise read for any educator who understands educations is not all about getting an A.
Review: Today's Books - February 23, 2011
Named to the A-List, Today's Books Daily Register

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