Academic Competitions for Gifted Students: A Resource Book for Teachers and Parents

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SAGE Publications, 2008 - Education - 179 pages
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Academic Competitions for Gifted Students is a handy reference about competitions for students from Kindergarten through the 12th grade in several content areas. More than just a listing, this book serves as a guide for using academic competitions in the context of a student's total academic experience.

For each of the 170 competitions, school personnel and parents will find a brief description along with contact and participation information. Providing an overview of the characteristics of good competitions, the authors list criteria for selecting those that match students' strengths and weaknesses. The book also covers:

The role of academic competitions in the life of a student

Ways to evaluate competitions and their impact on talented students

Access to international and national academic competitions

Ways to anticipate and avoid the potential problems

Strategies for maximizing the benefits of competitions

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About the author (2008)

Mary K. Tallent-Runnels is a Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at Texas Tech University. She has over 30 years of experience working with parents and teachers of gifted children ages of 4 to 17. In addition to her time as both a public and private school teacher of gifted students and administrator of gifted programs, she is the former director of the IDEAL program at Texas Tech University. She is the recipient of several teaching and research awards at both the public school and university levels. Her research interests are gifted children and online instruction. She is the author of numerous articles in gifted and talented education as well as in online teaching. She has published in journals such as Gifted Child Quarterly, The Journal for the Education of the Gifted, Roeper Review, G/C/T, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Review of Educational Research, and the Journal of Experimental Education.

Ann C. Candler-Lotven is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. She has 30 years of experience in the education of students with exceptionalities. During those years, she also worked with the parents and teachers of exceptional students. Her research interests include exceptional learners, learning and student strategies, and gifted students. She has authored numerous articles, books, and book chapters in the field of special education. She has published in Academic Therapy, Child Language Teaching and Therapy, Gifted Child Quarterly and the Journal for the Education of the Gifted.

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