Academic journal article Journal of Secondary Gifted Education

Special Issue on New Voices in Gifted Education

Academic journal article Journal of Secondary Gifted Education

Special Issue on New Voices in Gifted Education

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On behalf of my coeditor, Michael S. Matthews, and myself, I would like to thank JSGE Editor Bonnie Cramond and her staff for inviting us to guest-edit this special issue on new voices in gifted education. The field is entering an important time in its development: Many of the field's leading thinkers have retired or will soon retire. Although many will remain active and continue to provide leadership in the coming years, a "changing of the guard" is certainly underway. Although the field is blessed with many talented, midcareer leaders, all of this change led us to consider how the field develops talent. When Michael and I sat down to conceptualize the special issue, we asked ourselves, "Who is doing interesting work and appears poised to make sustained, high-quality contributions to the field?"

Fortunately, nearly every new voice we identified was willing to participate in this special issue as either an author or reviewer. As a result, we have a high-quality collection of papers that have been carefully written, reviewed, and revised. Anne Rinn's study touches on two important aspects of gifted education: the effects of summer programs and the development of social self-concept. Although both areas have been the subject of much discussion, research in both areas is largely undeveloped. Dr. Rinn's continued line of work in these areas provides valuable information to educators, researchers, policymakers, and parents.

Elizabeth Shaunessy, Shannon Suldo, Robin Hardesty, and Emily Shaffer also investigate affective issues, but within the context of students participating in International Baccalaureate (IB) programs versus those participating in general education programs. In the national debate over the decline of the American high school--and in many state-level education policy discussions--IB is increasingly mentioned as a possible mechanism for high school reform. Yet, we really know very little about the IB program, and Dr. Shaunessy and her colleagues offer some insights into the impact of this and related programs.

Holly Hertberg Davis and Catherine Brighton contributed a fascinating study on middle school change processes, with a focus on administrator influences on the implementation of differentiation. …

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