Researchers in the field of giftedness face a major struggle: they can’t agree on a definition of giftedness. If you were to ask 10 giftedness researchers for a definition of giftedness, you’d likely get 11 different answers! This becomes problematic within the field when we try to determine who is gifted and what we should do for them. And from outside the field, this disagreement on things as “simple” as definitions makes us look like we don’t know what are talking about. After all, physicists … [Read more...] about Defining Giftedness and Its Goals
Few would argue against people knowing more about the world as adults than when they were children, but whether people become smarter as they age seems less universally accepted. … [Read more...] about Once a Genius, Always a Genius?
All parents worry about their children becoming involved with alcohol use. But what about parents of academically gifted students? Do they have less to worry about because their children do well in school? A recent study asked this exact question and the results may surprise you. … [Read more...] about Gifted Adolescents and Alcohol
Parents and educators often worry about how gifted students spend their time in the classroom. Rightly so, given that gifted students can often find standard curricula easy or boring. And adolescents in the U.S. typically have six to eight hours of free time each day. This is not a trivial amount of time and should not be ignored by parents of the gifted. A recent study by Duke TIP looked at exactly this. … [Read more...] about Time Spent Outside the Classroom
Is there a meaningful difference between the student who excels with no apparent effort and one who excels through persistent diligence? Their performance and outcomes may be the same, but their paths vastly differ. Francois Gagné’s differentiated model of giftedness and talent considers behaviors that appear spontaneously easy different from those that require mastery through extensive training. … [Read more...] about Gagné’s Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent
In the summer of 1968, Julian Stanley, a professor at Johns Hopkins University learned about a 12-year-old boy named Joe. Joe was an excellent student for his age. In fact, he could be found helping graduate students in computer science with some of their projects. To test Joe’s intelligence, Dr. Stanley arranged for Joe to take the SAT the following fall when he was in the eighth grade. It turned out that Joe scored better than most Johns Hopkins students, even though he hadn’t even started … [Read more...] about Talent Search Model: Stanley
Thirty years ago, researchers published what was to become an extremely controversial finding: 12-year-old males were 13 times as likely as females to score over 700 on the SAT-Math, putting them at the top 0.01% (one in ten thousand) in mathematical ability. The controversy was in part about whether these differences were the result of nature (biology/genetics) or of nurture (socialization). The debate has continued throughout the past 30 years. … [Read more...] about Test Advantages Found in Males and in Females
As parents of a gifted child, you are surely interested in his or her education. However, education need not stop at the classroom door. In fact, a recent multi-national study by Australian and American researchers found that the number of books in the home is associated with large education attainment differences. The fact that the number of books in the home is related to subsequent educational outcomes is hardly surprising. But how much so might grab your attention. … [Read more...] about Books: The Gateway to Education
When looking at various programs or schools for your child, you may come across discussions of various programs being taught with different learning styles. The idea of different people having different learning styles has become increasingly popular. In fact, there are a great many educational products being marketed to help match individuals with their specific learning style. You may hear people say things such as, “I am a visual learner,” implying that they learn better when the material is … [Read more...] about Think Your Child is a Visual or Auditory Learner? Think Again.
Achievement gaps have been discussed in education for decades. Performance differences across different groups of students are important indicators of how education services are being received by students. However, a new report, Mind (the other) Gap!, from the Indiana University Center for Evaluation and Education Policy takes an important new angle on this old problem. … [Read more...] about New Report on Excellence Gaps in U.S. Education