Giftedness and Talent

What Educators and Psychologists Need to Know

by Franzis Preckel, Miriam Vock, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

Print edition
Giftedness and Talent (PDF & EPUB)
ISBN: 9781616766276
2024, x/242 pages
Print edition
Giftedness and Talent
ISBN: 9780889376274
2024, x/242 pages

Understanding and supporting gifted and talented children and adolescents

  • Answers common questions of professionals and trainees
  • Presents the state-of-art of theory, research, and practice
  • Explores the characteristics of gifted students

More about the book

What is giftedness? How do talents develop? Are gifted people "different"? How can gifted children be recognized and supported in their development? Based on the authors’ many years of expertise in giftedness research and education practice, this book answers these and many other questions about giftedness and talent development in a scientifically sound and at the same time application-oriented way. This new volume offers an up-to-date overview of the theoretical foundations, pioneering studies, and research findings on gifted children and adolescents, and explores evidence-based options for diagnostics and support. The development of giftedness as well as the characteristics of gifted students, such as performance-related attributes and temperament traits, are also examined. This book is of interest to child psychologists and psychiatrists, educational and school psychologists, educators, and students, and is an ideal textbook for self-study or for those training to become a professional.

Praise for the book

“In five chapters, the authors have synthesized the entire field of gifted education with depth and panache, from definitions and major models to methodologies and controversies. I am delighted by the book’s breadth, conciseness, and recommendations, brought to life with excellent case examples and clear prose. If I had to buy one book about gifted education, this book would be top of the list.”
Frank C. Worrell, PhD, Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, USA

“Preckel, Vock, and Olszewski-Kubilius provide readers with an elegantly presented psychological approach to gifted education and policy. Each section is logically explained with objectives, highlights of main ideas, and excellent case study examples to illustrate a point. The authors present each topic developmentally, while gracefully dismissing unsupported myths in our field. One section discusses how educational achievement disparities are addressed across nations, and another section displays comparisons of widely used assessment instruments. I’ve been in this field for 40 years, but still learned a lot from the text and would urge US researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to expand their horizons by having Giftedness and Talent: What Educators and Psychologists Need to Know handy on their desks.”
Rena F. Subotnik, PhD, Academic Talent Development Program, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, USA

“This book brings together recent research and conceptual understandings in the field of gifted education. It is a useful compendium for busy educators and offers a good starting point for all those interested in interrogating the field. For the educator who picks up this book chapter 5 is likely to be the chapter to which they turn. This chapter considers how gifted children and adolescents can be supported in school and early years settings. It takes the reader through a range of approaches which, although predominantly drawn from the global north, offer educators the opportunity to reflect on their practice and on their personal views about how to best support learners. If teacher education programs are addressing the Sustainable Development Goals and moving towards inclusive education, then this book will be a helpful addition to them as they consider how to break down barriers for all learners.”
Margaret Sutherland, PhD, Professor of High Ability Studies and Inclusive Practice, School of Education, University of Glasgow, UK

“When these three internationally well-known experts in the field, Franzis Preckel, Miriam Vock and Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, tell us what educators and psychologists need to know about giftedness and talent, we better listen. Illustrated with case descriptions, the authors explain, in an accessible way, different models and theories of giftedness, give an overview of important studies about giftedness and talent, and describe different views on the identification, assessment, and support of this interesting, yet complicated group of students. For those who want to know more, they suggest further readings. Educators and psychologists who could not read their original, groundbreaking work in German will be grateful to have the opportunity to read this book to update their knowledge about giftedness and talent. And, just as important, their students and patients will benefit from this updated knowledge.”
Lianne Hoogeveen, PhD, Radboud University, The Netherlands

“I found this book a joy to read and extraordinarily well written. Giftedness and Talent: What Educators and Psychologists Need to Know is an excellent text for educators and psychologists that has the potential to change the entire field of gifted education and talent development around the world! The highly perceptive and academically able authors use their expertise to clearly present, and critically examine, key findings of studies, using the well-designed international research to elucidate key issues that underpin gifted education. They logically illuminate key theories and models of giftedness and talent development, gifted identification and developmental processes, and supportive school and early childhood strategies; as well as using the evidence to debunk myths and misconceptions that teachers have about giftedness and educating the gifted. In this text, these clear-eyed authors raise questions on issues that thinking educators and psychologists need to know about when supporting the psychological and academic needs of the intellectually gifted. By engaging with the evidence provided in this brilliantly constructed book, educators and psychologists could positively change the lives of gifted children and adolescents, and their educational provision across the globe!”
Leonie Kronborg, PhD, School of Educational Psychology & Counselling, Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia

“This volume speaks with authority on one of the most important topics of our time. With climate change, maintaining cybersecurity, and the challenges posed by pandemics, identifying and determining how best to educate intellectually gifted students for their wellbeing and society’s betterment has never been more crucial. Nor has identifying such students when they live in underprivileged environments. Refreshingly free of unhelpful rhetoric, and based on solid scientific research, this engagingly written contribution contains much wisdom obtained by the authors over their distinguished careers. Ideal for university instruction, I am going to assign this text to all my students and recommend it to colleagues as the best treatment I know of on this topic. BRAVO!”
David Lubinski, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Co-Director, Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth, Vanderbilt University, USA

“I really loved this book. Written by three of the leading experts in gifted education, it captures a lot of knowledge in a useful and concise fashion. It’s great to have many of the important strands of gifted education pulled together, rather than having to read four separate books to get the information one might need. A must read for teachers and psychologists working with gifted students and a very useful starting point for researchers to get a taste of their topic of interest.”
Colm O’Reilly, PhD, Director CTY Ireland, Dublin City University, Ireland

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