Laurence J. Coleman, Ph.D.

Laurence J. Coleman is a teacher who became a professor, both of which enable him to be a perpetual student. In the course of his professional career, he has been a student, a counselor, a teacher of children with varying special education labels, a professor of special education, a developer of programs, an advocate, an editor, a researcher, and an administrator. He has been fortunate to have grown up in a time when he could do things that he values. The professional activities of which Dr. Coleman is most proud are creating with colleagues from three different fields an innovative teacher preparation program made on the model of teaching as a talent; building the Summer Institute for Gifted Children in 1980, which has been "taken over" by the original students who attended it; writing a few papers that he hopes are new contributions to his field; and continuing to be excited by his work.

At present, Dr. Coleman serves as editor of the Journal for the Education of the Gifted and teaches courses in gifted education, teacher education, and research methods at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research interests are in the experience of being gifted, teacher thinking, action research and practical inquiry, and theoretical analysis.