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Explorations in Giftedness
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This book is a scholarly overview of the modern concepts, definitions, and theories of intellectual giftedness, and of past and current developments in the field of gifted education. The authors consider, in some detail, the roles of intelligence, creativity, and wisdom in giftedness and the interaction between culture and giftedness, as well as how giftedness can be understood in terms of a construct of developing expertise. The authors also review and discuss a set of key studies that address the issues of identification and education of children with intellectual gifts. This volume may be used as a summary overview of the field for educators, psychologists, social workers, and other professionals who serve intellectually gifted children and their families.

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Explorations in Giftedness is a masterful survey of the fundamental issues in gifted education – from questions of definition and measurement to the issues of providing appropriate teaching for the development of successful intelligence. The authors have tackled the difficult questions posed in the field by providing the contextual and historical perspectives offered by other theorists, presenting a well-integrated theory of giftedness, synthesizing the vast research base of their studies, and then extending their theory and the findings of the research studies to practical application. Researchers, scholars, and practitioners in gifted education will all find value in this well-written and comprehensive work.”
– Carolyn M. Callahan, University of Virginia

Explorations in Giftedness presents readers with a concise analysis of essential topics in the field of giftedness and gifted education. The authors tackle thorny issues of why and how we identify and serve children with advanced academic abilities by providing research-based strategies for developing policy and system-wide practice. Anyone wanting to be well grounded in the field and satisfied that the goals of their efforts will lead to generations of ethical contributors and innovators on the part of gifted individuals will be well served by this volume.”
– Rena F. Subotnik, Director, American Psychological Association Center for Psychology in Schools and Education

"....Set in a brief but respectful context describing competing points of view, the authors' work builds primarily on Sternberg's triarchic theory of successful intelligence (i.e., analytic, practical, and creative abilities), and his signature attention to the importance of wisdom, ethical behavior, and cultural context to what constitutes giftedness is manifest. By focusing on giftedness as "developing expertise," the authors integrate disparate views and, in line with their own position, apply analytic, practical, and creative approaches to controversial issues.... Recommended...."
–N.M. Robinson, emerita, University of Washington, CHOICE

"...If you are looking for a place where Sternberg’s enormous body of work on talent, abilities, intelligence, insight, reasoning, creativity, wisdom, expertise, and giftedness is pulled together into one book, this is the book for you.... provided practical guidance for parents, psychologists, and educators who wish to foster the development of exceptional abilities in all children.... Educators wanting to use the book with their graduate students will want to provide careful guidance, in which case Explorations in Giftedness could happily be used to stimulate discussion of the big questions in the field..."
–Dr. Dona Matthews, Hunter College, City University of New York, PsycCRITIQUES

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