Education of the Intellectually Gifted

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Chapter 18
Research: Endeavors and Opportunities

To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield

-- Tennyson

Because of the inherent fascination of the subject, education of the gifted has stimulated considerable research in the past and continues to offer a challenge to research workers. Research on the gifted has reflected the modes of inquiry that have prevailed at a given time, and the range of procedures has included biography, literary studies, the development and testing of measurement instruments, the comparison of segments of the population, long-term longitudinal studies, controlled group comparisons in schools, and action research to test proposals for program development in actual school situations.


EARLY RESEARCH ON THE GIFTED

Toward the close of the nineteenth century the influence of Darwin and the new sciences of biology and genetics aroused an interest in the hereditary nature of genius. Genius was defined in terms of notable performance in various fields. A number of researchers employed biographical and literary methods to inquire into the hypothesized hereditary quality of exceptional talent. These inquiries were limited, of course, by the absence of objective measures, by the inability to distinguish between ability and achievement, by the necessity to trace backwards from performance to heredity and education, and by the consequent lack of ex

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Education of the Intellectually Gifted
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • 1 - The Release of Human Potential 1
  • 2 - Characteristics of Gifted Children 25
  • 3 - Intelligence and Intelligence Testing 50
  • 4 - Identification of Exceptional Ability 76
  • 5 - Creativity as an Aspect of Giftedness 101
  • 6 - Planning Programs for Gifted Students 135
  • 7 - Patterns in Education of the Gifted 151
  • 8 - Thinking 184
  • 9 - Language Arts for the Gifted Student 207
  • 10 - Social Studies and Social Education 237
  • 11 - Science and Mathematics for the Gifted 254
  • 12 - The Fine Arts 284
  • 13 - Ability Grouping 299
  • 14 - Acceleration 328
  • 15 - Guidance 352
  • 16 - Motivation and Underachievement 381
  • 17 - Teachers for Gifted Children 412
  • 18 - Research: Endeavors and Opportunities 428
  • Bibliography 446
  • Index 466
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