Recent Research on Gifted and Talented

Worth a second look: Teacher ‘gifted and talented’ identification in elementary school

Just because teachers are not infallible doesn’t mean their judgments shouldn’t carry a lot of weight in identifying gifted and talented elementary-grade students, says a new study in the Journal of Advanced Academics. The study found that 3rd-grade students nominated or identified by their 2nd-grade teachers as having “top learning potential” in math outperformed peers with similar reasoning… Tell Me More »

What happens to reading achievement when teachers substitute independent reading for class instruction

What happens to middle-schoolers’ reading achievement when 3 hours of classroom reading instruction each week is replaced with time for independent reading of the student’s choice and differentiated reading instruction? A new study of 2,150 6th-8th-grade students at 4 schools finds that oral reading fluency improved compared with controls in 2 of the schools, and that reading… Tell Me More »

Recent research sheds light on identification, ability grouping, acceleration, curriculum design and other issues in gifted education

What does it mean to be gifted? Who is gifted? How well can giftedness be measured and how well does it predict future achievements? Every generation of psychologists and educators has grappled with these fundamental questions and answered them differently. In a recent study in Exceptional Children, researchers Jonathan Plucker and Carolyn Callahan review recent research on intelligence, creativity… Tell Me More »

What percentage of students are gifted?

Does the normal bell curve apply to human intelligence or is giftedness far more abundant than we’ve been expected to believe? Some gifted education researchers have proposed that the proportion of gifted people in the general population is larger than would be predicted by normal distribution, a view called the “overabundance hypothesis.” While this is… Tell Me More »

If you’re thinking ADHD, consider gifted as possibility

When working with a child who is easily distracted and seems hyperactive, it’s reasonable to wonder if the child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). But, it may be just as reasonable to wonder if the child is gifted, according to a recent study in the Roeper Review. “Some researchers suspect that gifted children are… Tell Me More »

Negative attitudes toward gifted–an instinct to protect social fabric?

Negative attitudes toward intellectually gifted students are common. Yet, this social hostility does not exist for athletically or artistically gifted students, says an evolutionary psychology study in Gifted Child Quarterly.. “It is deeply ironic that students who have the potential to learn most easily and swiftly in school are often regarded by teachers with qualified… Tell Me More »