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ONCE UPON A MIND, introduces students to the research and practice of gifted child education as well as to the individuals who represent current and historical thinking in the discipline. Blending a strong emphasis on the social and emotional aspects of giftedness with an historical background putting the field in context, Dr. Delisle spotlights the life stories of gifted child educators and adults who were gifted. The book explores the characteristics of the gifted individual, the identification of gifted students in the classroom, and the development of curriculum and instruction for the gifted student.
Introduction. 1. Gifted Child Education: A History of People and Ideas. 2. Up, Up, and Away: The Rise of the Field of Gifted Child Education. 3. Identification of Gifted and Talented Children: Statistics, Opinions, and Practices. 4. The Creative Mind and Spirit. 5. Curriculum, Instruction, and Program Planning for Gifted Students. 6. Instructional Styles and Strategies. 7. The Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Individuals. 8. ...And Another Thing: Additional Topics of Interest in Gifted Child Education. Index.