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

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Written for both parents and edu­cators who work with children of advanced abilities, Drs. Matthews and Foster 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 ...

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Overview

Written for both parents and edu­cators who work with children of advanced abilities, Drs. Matthews and Foster 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. Features include: "Mastery" vs. "Mystery" models, How giftedness develops, Relevant brain research, Use and misuse of assessment, Programming options, Social and behavioral concerns, Teacher development processes, Parenting strategies, and more.

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What People Are Saying

Carol S. Dweck

By presenting exciting new work on mindsets, as well as recent research findings on expertise and cognitive neuroscience, these authors show the importance of habits of mind in cognitive develop­ment. This book will prompt re-examination of many long-held beliefs! (Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.,Lewis & Virginia EatonProfessor of Psychology, Stanford University)

Frances Degen Horowitz

A highly readable and accessible volume about the development of children with gifts and talents. Both practical and theoretical, it is informed by the most recent research, and it is filled with useful information and insights. It will be valued by teachers, parents, and counselors. (Frances Degen Horowitz, Ph.D.,University Professor; President Emerita, The City University of New York Graduate Center)

Horowitz Frances Degen
"A highly readable and accessible volume about the development of children with gifts and talents. Both practical and theoretical, it is informed by the most recent research, and it is filled with useful informa-tion and insights. It will be valued by teachers, parents, and counselors."--(Frances Degen Horowitz, Ph.D., University Professor; President Emerita, The City University of New York Graduate Center)
James Borland
"Being Smart has become even smarter in its second edition. This is an essential book for anyone interested in gifted education."--(James Borland, Ph.D., Professor of Education, Columbia University)
Lorel Shea
"Being Smart About Gifted Education - A Guidebook for Educators and Parents is an updated version of the 2004 book, Being Smart About Gifted Children. The authors, Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster, have rewritten the book to include the most recent research on brain development, recent trends in the education system, and new ways of focusing efforts to meet the needs of gifted learners . . . This is a thoughtful and instructive handbook which will be quite useful to teachers and administrators, as well as parents of gifted children."--(Lorel Shea, BellaOnline's Gifted Education Editor)
Sally M. Reis

Rich with examples, this book highlights the importance of an optimal match between challeng­ing and engaging school and home experiences and opportunities to develop gifts and talents! A practical, thoughtful contribution by two leading experts! (Sally M. Reis, Ph.D., Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Teaching Fellow, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780910707954
  • Publisher: Great Potential Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,243,721
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Joanne Foster holds a Masters degree in Special Education and Adaptive Instruction, and a Doctoral degree in Human Development and Applied Psychology, both from the University of Toronto. She has worked in the field of gifted education for almost 30 years, focusing on ways to encourage and support high-ability learners. Joanne teaches Psychological Foundations of Learning and Development as well as Gifted Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. She is also a Gifted Education Consultant.
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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Section I. Being Smart about Giftedness

Chapter 1. Perspectives and Paradigm Shifts

Chapter 2. Creativity and Giftedness

Section II. Being Smart about Diagnosing Mismatches

Chapter 3. Questions and Answers about Testing

Chapter 4. Assessments and Tests

Chapter 5. Mismatch Diagnostics

Section III. Being Smart about Meeting Gifted Learning Needs

Chapter 6. Adaptations: The Gifted Learner in the Regular Classroom

Chapter 7. Alternative Options: Stretching the Boundaries

Section IV. Being Smart about Gifted Development

Chapter 8. Motivation and Achievement Issues

Chapter 9. How Does Giftedness Develop?

Chapter 10. Emotional, Social, and Behavioral Considerations

Section V. Being Smart about Families, Advocates, and Educators

Chapter 11. Parenting Matters

Chapter 12. Teacher Development

Chapter 13. Optimal Learning for All Children

Appendix I. Test Scores: The Nuts and Bolts of Assessments

Appendix II. Educational Decision Making

Poem "They Tell Me I'm Gifted"

Endnotes

References

Index

About the Authors

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