Introduction to Gifted Education

Julia Link Roberts, Ed.D., Tracy Ford Inman, Ed.D., and Jennifer H. Robins, Ph.D., Editors

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. The book includes chapters that focus on critical topics such as gifted education standards, social-emotional needs, cognitive development, diverse learners, identification, programming options, creativity, professional development, and curriculum. The book provides a comprehensive look at each topic, including an overview of big ideas, its history, and a thorough discussion to help those new to the field gain a better understanding of gifted students and strategies to address their needs. 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).

Click on a link below to download supplemental materials for each chapter, including activities, additional resources, and standards addressed.

  • Chapter 1: Conceptual Frameworks in Gifted Education as the Foundation for Services
  • Chapter 2: History of Gifted Education
  • Chapter 3: Standards in Gifted Education
  • Chapter 4: Characteristics of Gifted Learners
  • Chapter 5: Social and Emotional Development of Students With Gifts and Talents
  • Chapter 6: Cognitive Development of Giftedness and Talents: From Theory to Practice
  • Chapter 7: Identification
  • Chapter 8: Curriculum for Gifted Students: Developing Talent and Intellectual Character
  • Chapter 9: Learning Assessments for Gifted Learners
  • Chapter 10: Designing the Learning Environment for Gifted Students
  • Chapter 11: The Learning Environment at Home: Parents and Families
  • Chapter 12: Enrichment: In and Out of School
  • Chapter 13: Acceleration: Practical Applications and Policy Implications
  • Chapter 14: Differentiation
  • Chapter 15: Talent Development as a Framework for the Delivery of Services to Gifted Children
  • Chapter 16: Creativity: Definitions, Interventions, and Assessments
  • Chapter 17: Understanding Underachievement
  • Chapter 18: Underrepresented Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Gifted Students: Recommendations for Equitable Recruitment and Retention
  • Chapter 19: Gifted Students From Low-Socioeconomic Backgrounds
  • Chapter 20: The Interplay Between Geography and Giftedness
  • Chapter 21: Education Gifted Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Students
  • Chapter 22: Meeting the Needs of Students Who Are Twice-Exceptional
  • Chapter 23: Professional Development
  • Chapter 24: Policy in Gifted Education
  • Chapter 25: Advocacy