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Gifted Education for Parents

An Annotated Bibliography for Parents of Gifted Children

Austin, J. B. (2014, October 6). “Purdue team to use grant to study how clustering gifted students affects student achievement and teacher practices.” Purdue University. Retrieved from www.purdue.edu

This article summarizes a study in which Purdue University professors researched the hypothesis that gifted students will benefit greatly from being grouped together in academic settings. It discusses cluster grouping and the growth of confidence with these students, along with the increased attention from teachers and levels of participation among students.  



Delisle, J. (2014, July 14). Dumbing Down America: The War on Our Nation’s Brightest Young Minds (And What We Can Do to Fight Back). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press, Inc.

In this book, which was written by a professor with 35 years experience working with gifted and talented children, it explores the controversial stance that our nation’s schools are unable to keep up internationally because of the shortchanging of gifted and talented students by public education institutions. Delisle provides many examples that he feels supports this position, and he also gives a template of what our schools must do if we want to improve the opportunities for our children.



GTAMoCo. (2010, March 10). Top 10 Myths in Gifted Education. Retrieved from www.youtube.com

This video was screened at the “Celebrating Gifted Education Reception in Annapolis, MD, in February 2010. Published by the Gifted and Talented Association of Montgomery County, MD, it addresses and explores the top ten myths that people may have about gifted and talented students.



Johnsen, Susan K. (Ed.). (2018). Identifying Gifted Students: A Practical Guide. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press, Inc.

This book, written by a professor of educational psychology at Baylor University, is useful for practicing professionals such as teachers, school psychologists, and administrators. It addresses definitions that are aligned with the National Association for Gifted Children and The Association for the Gifted, Council for Exceptional Children professional development standards. It also highlights characteristics of gifted and talented children, as well as best identifying practices and the latest in evaluation instruments.



K., Carolyn. Hoagie’s Gifted Education Page. Retrieved from www.hoagiesgifted.org

This website is a vast collection of user-friendly resources compiled by the website author, Carolyn K. She is a former software engineer whose vested interest in gifted education came after the birth of her first child and her family’s experience with being gifted. She offers sections with many resources for parents, educators, and kids, along with a community message forum for online discussions and interactions.



Kwong, Tiffany. (2013, July 2). “Top 3 Online Educational Resources for Gifted Kids.” Institute for Educational Advancement. Retrieved from www.educationaladvancement.wordpress.com

In this article, Kwong offers a brief discussion of today’s online resources and how they can benefit gifted students as “e-learning.” She shares several resources, including NeoK12 (educational videos, lessons, games, and quizzes), Khan Academy (students personalize their own online profiles and lessons), and TED-Ed (an offshoot of TEDTalks).



"Myths about Gifted Students.” National Association for Gifted Children. Retrieved from www.nagc.org

This article from the NAGC uses a reader-friendly format to share its compilation of several myths about gifted and talented children. It states various myths and the responds with the “truth” regarding those issues. At the end, they provide footnotes and additional links for resources.



Whitley, Michael D. (2001, July 1). Bright Minds, Poor Grades: Understanding and Motivating your Underachieving Child. New York, NY: TarcherPerigree.

This book explores the phenomenon of gifted and talented children who do not perform up to their potential in the classroom. It offers a ten-step program for helping to motivate underachieving gifted students, as well as sections describing various types of underachievers.



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