This handbook incorporates the most recent thinking and cutting-edge research from a wide range of fields related to gifted education, including developmental and social psychology, the neurosciences, cognitive science, and education.

It consists of six sections:

  • History and global perspectives on the gifted field and talent development
  • Theories and conceptions of giftedness and talent development
  • Gifted identification and assessment
  • Gifted education
  • Psychological considerations in understanding the gifted (e.g., the family, social and emotional considerations, friendships and peer relations)
  • Special issues facing the gifted (e.g., policy and legal issues; the twice exceptional learner; underachievement and the gifted; ADHD and the gifted; suicide; perfectionism; bullying)
Table of Contents

Editorial Board

About the Editor-in-Chief


Series Preface


I. History and Global Perspectives

  1. A History of Giftedness: A Century of Quest for Identity
    David Yun Dai
  2. International Perspectives and Trends in Research on Giftedness and Talent Development
    Heidrun Stoeger, Daniel Patrick Balestrini, and Albert Ziegler
  3. A Historical Overview of Instructional Theory and Practice in the United States and Canada: The Double Slinky Phenomenon in Gifted and General Education
    Bruce M. Shore and Maren Gube
  4. Gifted Education in Europe: Implications for Policymakers and Educators
    Javier Tourón and Joan Freeman
  5. Gifted Education in Asia
    David W. Chan
  6. Gifted Education in Australia and New Zealand
    Leonie Kronborg
  7. Challenges on the Identification and Development of Giftedness in South America
    Solange Muglia Wechsler, Sheyla Blumen, and Karen Bendelman
  8. Gifted Education in the Middle East
    Hanna David
  9. Gifted Education in Africa
    Jacobus G. Maree

II. Theories and Conceptions of Giftedness and Talent

  1. Theories of Intelligence
    Robert J. Sternberg
  2. Academic Talent Development: Theory and Best Practices
    Françoys Gagné
  3. The Three-Ring Conception of Giftedness: A Developmental Approach for Promoting Creative Productivity in Young People
    Joseph S. Renzulli and Sally M. Reis
  4. The Role of Motivation
    D. Betsy McCoach and Jessica Kay Flake
  5. Flow Theory: Optimizing Elite Performance in the Creative Realm
    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Monica N. Montijo, and Angela R. Mouton
  6. Talent Development as the Most Promising Focus of Giftedness and Gifted Education
    Rena F. Subotnik, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, and Frank C. Worrell
  7. Talent Development: A Path Toward Eminence
    Frank C. Worrell, Rena F. Subotnik, and Paula Olszewski-Kubilius
  8. Expertise: Individual Differences, Human Abilities, and Nonability Traits
    Phillip L. Ackerman
  9. From Giftedness to Eminence: Developmental Landmarks Across the Life Span
    Dean Keith Simonton
  10. Creativity
    James C. Kaufman, Sarah R. Luria, and Ronald A. Beghetto

III. Gifted Identification and Assessment

  1. Identification of Strengths and Talents in Young Children
    Nancy B. Hertzog, Rachel U. Mun, Bridget DuRuz, and Amy A. Holliday
  2. Methods to Increase the Identification Rate of Students From Traditionally Underrepresented Populations for Gifted Services
    Michael S. Matthews and Scott J. Peters
  3. Acceleration and the Talent Search Model: Transforming the School Culture
    Susan G. Assouline, Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, and Nicholas Colangelo

IV. Gifted Education: Curriculum and Instruction

  1. Considerations in Curriculum for Gifted Students
    Joyce VanTassel-Baska
  2. Teaching Strategies to Support the Education of Gifted Learners
    Catherine A. Little
  3. Research-Guided Programs and Strategies for Nurturing Creativity
    Jonathan A. Plucker, Jiajun Guo, and Anna Dilley
  4. Developing Talents in Girls and Young Women
    Barbara A. Kerr and Jessica Gahm
  5. Identifying and Educating Underrepresented Gifted Students
    William Ming Liu and LaNeisha Waller
  6. Examining Gifted Students' Mental Health Through the Lens of Positive Psychology
    Shannon M. Suldo, Brittany V. Hearon, and Elizabeth Shaunessy-Dedrick

V. Psychological Considerations

  1. Social and Emotional Considerations for Gifted Students
    Anne N. Rinn
  2. The Role of the Family in Talent Development
    Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Frank C. Worrell, and Rena F. Subotnik
  3. Three Crucial Dimensions for Students With Intellectual Gifts: It Is Time to Stop Talking and Start Thinking
    David Lubinski and Harrison J. Kell
  4. Psychological Issues Unique to the Gifted Student
    Maureen Neihart and Lay See Yeo
  5. Counseling Gifted Children and Teens
    Jean Sunde Peterson

VI. Special Issues

  1. Policy, Legal Issues, and Trends in the Education of Gifted Students
    Kristen R. Stephens
  2. Psychological Interventions for Twice-Exceptional Youth
    Megan Foley-Nicpon and Margaret M. Candler
  3. Underachievement and the Gifted Child
    Del Siegle and D. Betsy McCoach
  4. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Gifted Students
    Marcia Gentry and C. Matthew Fugate
  5. Emotional Intelligence and Giftedness
    Gerald Matthews, Jinchao Lin, Moshe Zeidner, and Richard D. Roberts
  6. Suicide Among Students With Gifts and Talents
    Tracy L. Cross and Jennifer Riedl Cross
  7. Beyond Trait Theory Accounts of Giftedness
    Matthew T. McBee, Kayla Mitchell, and Samantha K. Fields Johnson
  8. Career Counseling and the Gifted Individual: Applying Social Cognitive Career Theory to the Career Decision Making of Gifted Individuals
    Susannah M. Wood, Carol Klose Smith, and David K. Duys
  9. Perfectionism and the Gifted
    Kenneth G. Rice and Merideth E. Ray
  10. Bullying and the Gifted
    Dorothy L. Espelage and Matthew T. King


Editor Bio

Steven I. Pfeiffer, PhD, ABPP is a professor at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he served as director of clinical training for more than 10 years. He has also been a professor at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, serving as executive director of their gifted program, and he has been the executive director of the Devereux Institute of Clinical Training and Research, in Villanova, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Pfeiffer is an internationally recognized expert on the mental health and well-being of gifted individuals. He has twice testified at the White House before the National Task Force on Health Care Reform, and in 2012, he was a distinguished visiting scholar at the National Institute of Education, in Singapore.

Dr. Pfeiffer has an active clinical practice and conducts workshops for parents, teachers, and mental health professionals on topics related to gifted students. He is lead author of the Gifted Rating Scales, one of the most widely used rating scales in gifted identification.

His most recent books include Serving the Gifted (2013) and Essentials of Gifted Assessment (2015). In 2015, he coedited with Maureen Neihart and Tracy Cross the second edition of the Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What Do We Know?.

Dr. Pfeiffer is on the editorial board of 10 journals and frequently is invited to consult with educational programs and various organizations. For the past 5 years, he has served as a consultant to the Eris Foundation in Milan, Italy.

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The history and unique needs of gifted and talent students should prompt important questions from researchers and educators. Exploring the topic from a range of areas provides a rich and complex picture of the importance of the subject, both in terms of gifted and talented individuals themselves and the benefits that they contribute to society through their potential achievements.