Being Smart about Gifted Education: A Guidebook for Educators and Parents

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Great Potential Press, Inc., 2009 - Education - 426 pages
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Written for both parents and educators who work with children of advanced abilities, the authors present practical strategies to identify and nurture exceptionally high ability in children. They promote the "mastery" (rather than the "mystery") model of gifted education, and challenge several common practices and assumptions. They offer ways to determine each child's level of learning, and say that it is simply appropriate to provide the educational experiences that every child needs at a particular time. Key features include: (1) "Mastery" vs "Mystery" models; (2) How giftedness develops; (3) Relevant brain research; (4) Use and misuse of assessment (5) Programming options; (6) Social and behavioural concerns; (7) Teacher development processes; and (8) Parenting strategies. Following a foreword and a preface, this book contains the following chapters: (1) Perspectives and Paradigm Shifts; (2) Creativity and Giftedness; (3) Questions and Answers about Testing; (4) Assessments and Tests; (5) Mismatch Diagnostics; (6) Adaptations: The Gifted Learner in the Regular Classroom; (7) Alternative Options: Stretching the Boundaries; (8) Motivation and Achievement Issues; (9) How Does Giftedness Develop?; (10) Emotional, Social, and Behavioral Considerations; (11) Parenting Matters; (12) Teacher Development; and (13) Optimal Learning for All Children. Appendices include: (1) Test Scores: The Nuts and Bolts of Assessments; and (2) Educational Decision Making. Poem "They Tell Me I'm Gifted", Endnotes, References, Index, and About the Authors are also included.

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Early Identification 105
Parents Roles 107
Section III Being Smart about Meeting Gifted Learning Needs 109
Section IV Being Smart about Gifted Development 173

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About the author (2009)

Dona Matthews holds an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Special Education (Gifted), both from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. She has been involved in teaching, writing, counseling, consulting, and conducting research on gifted-related issues since 1985. Dr. Matthews teaches child and adolescent development at the University of Toronto. She was founding director of the Center for Gifted Studies and Education, Hunter College, City University of New York, and has published and presented extensively on gifted education and development. She has worked in many capacities to support high-level development in diverse populations, including doing academic research and publishing; consulting to parent, education, and government organizations; teaching at the University of Toronto, Ryerson Polytechnic University, the University of British Columbia, and Hunter College; initiating and directing an extracurricular program for academically gifted children at the University of Toronto Schools; and conducting a busy private practice doing psychoeducational assessment and counseling.

Joanne Foster holds a Doctoral degree in Human Development and Applied Psychology, and a Master's degree in Special Education and Adaptive Instruction, both from the University of Toronto. She has worked in the field of gifted education for 30 years, focusing on ways to encourage and support high-ability learners. She writes extensively about intelligence, creativity, productivity, and procrastination. Dr. Foster taught at Educational Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto for twelve years, and continues to provide leadership across Canada and beyond. She speaks to parent groups and educators about the complexities and implications of high-level development, facilitates community networking in gifted education, and writes extensively on gifted-related issues. Dr. Foster also writes the column "Fostering Kids' Success" at The Creativity Post.

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