Table of Contents Foreword (Howard Gardner). Preface. Historical Perspectives and Perennial Issues Related to Giftedness and Talent. History of giftedness and "gifted education" in world perspective (A.J. Tannenbaum). National/state policies regarding education of the gifted (A.H. Passow). Conceptions and Development of Giftedness and Talent. Structural tendencies and issues of research on giftedness and talent (K.A. Heller). Constructs and models pertaining to exceptional human abilities (F. Gagné). Developmental theories and giftedness (F.J. Mönks, E.J. Mason). Genetic influence on cognitive ability (L.A. Thompson, R. Plomin). Brain research related to giftedness (H-J. Eysenck, P.T. Barrett). Thinking processes: being and becoming gifted (B.M. Shore, L.S. Kanevsky). Longitudinal studies of giftedness: investigating the fulfillment of promise (R.F. Subotnik, K.D. Arnold). Prodigies and savants: what they have to tell us about giftedness and human cognition (M.J. Morelock, D.H. Feldman). Identification of Giftedness and Talent. Procedures for identifying intellectual potential in the gifted: a perspective on alternative "metaphors of mind" (R.J. Sternberg). Methodological problems and issues concerning identification (E.A. Hany). Identification of gifted and talented youth for educational programs (J.F. Feldhusen, F.A. Jarwan). Giftedness in the visual arts and music (E. Winner, G. Martino). Indicators of high ability in young children (C. Perleth et al.). Acquiring expertise: determinants of exceptional performance (W. Schneider). Prediction of excellence in school, university, and work (G. Trost). Programs and Practices of Nurturing the Giftedand Talented. Theories and practices for differentiated education for the gifted and talented (L.M. Cohen, D.C. Ambrose). Theory and research on curriculum development for the gifted (J. VanTassel-Baska). Acceleration and enrichment: the context and development of program options (W.T. Southern et al.). Instructional strategies and models for gifted education (D.R. George.) Strategies for nurturing verbal talents in youth: the word as discipline and mystery (A.E. Tangherlini, W.G. Durden). Programs and strategies for nurturing talents/gifts in mathematics (W. Wieczerkowski, T.M. Prado). Programs and strategies for nurturing talents/gifts in science and technology (M.C. Pyryt et al.). Nurturing the talents of exceptionally gifted individuals (M.U.M. Gross). Leadership education for the gifted (D.A. Sisk). Identifying and nurturing gifted, very young children (N.M. Robinson). Nurturing social-emotional development of gifted children (J.T. Webb). Nurturing moral development of the gifted (O.D. Andreani, A. Pagnin). Programs and strategies for nurturing creativity (D.J. Treffinger et al.). Administrative issues in organizing programs for the gifted (Ban Eng Goh). Ability grouping with gifted and talented students: research and guidelines (K.B. Rogers, P. Span). After school programs, competitions, school olympics, and summer programs (D. Goldstein, H. Wagner). Evaluation programs and procedures for gifted education: international problems and solutions (C.M. Callahan). Other Components of Nurturing Giftedness and Talent. Teachers of the gifted (A.Y. Baldwin). Counseling needs and programs for the gifted (L.K. Silverman). Underachieving gifted students (N. Butler-Por). Parents and families in nurturing giftedness and talent (J. Freeman). Issues, problems and programs in nurturing the disadvantaged and culturally different talented (M.M. Frasier). Reconceptualizing gender differences in achievement among the gifted (D. Lubinski et al.). Gifted handicapped: a desultory duality (C. Yewchuk, J.L. Lupart). Mentoring and role modeling programs for the gifted (R. Zorman). Nurturing giftedness in non-school educative settings - using the personnel and material resources of the community (N. Maoz). Examples of Country Efforts, Policies, Programs and Issues. Current status of gifted education in the United States (J.J. Gallagher). Right to education for the gifted in Canada (L. Goguen). Programs and practices for indentifying and nurturing giftedness and talent in Europe (K.K. Urban, A. Sekowski). Programs and practices for identifying and nurturing giftedness and talent in Asia (outside the mainland of China) (Wu-Tien Wu, Seokee Cho). Programs and practices for identifying and nurturing giftedness and talent in the People's Republic of China (Zha Zixiu). Programs and practices for identifying and nurturing giftedness and talent in Australia and New Zealand (E.J. Braggett). Programs and practices for identifying and nurturing giftedness and talent in Africa (C.A. Taylor). Programs and practices for identifying and nurturing giftedness and talent in Central and South America (E.M.L.S. De Alencar, S. Blumen). Advocacy as a force in the education of the gifted and talented (N. Maier). Present and Future of Education of the Gifted and Talented. Research and education of the gifted in the year 2000 and beyond (A.H. Passow et al.). Notes on Contributors. Subject Index. Author Index.