Meeting the needs of gifted learners
This chapter presents research on giftedness and connects it to relevant work in educational psychology. To provide context for current thinking about gifted learners, a short history of the study of giftedness and education of gifted learners is provided. This is followed by contemporary work that recognizes the dynamic and complex nature of giftedness and considers the nature of educational environments that nurture optimal development. The chapter is written from the Canadian perspective, where giftedness is considered a special educational need and the rights of children with special needs to an appropriate education are enshrined in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These considerations, however, are not always reflected in practice.