Exceptionally Gifted Children is unique. The first edition of this book, published in 1993, introduced 15 remarkable children, some of the most gifted young people ever studied, and traced their path through school, exploring their academic achievements (and in some cases enforced underachievement), their emotional development, their social relationships and their family relationships and upbringing. This new edition reviews these early years but also follows the young people over the subsequent ten years into adulthood.
No previous study has traced so closely and so sensitively the intellectual, social and emotional development of highly gifted young people. This 20 year study reveals the ongoing negative academic and social effects of prolonged underachievement and social isolation imposed on gifted children by inappropriate curriculum and class placement and shows clearly the long lasting benefits of thoughtfully planned individual educational programs. The young adults of this study speak out and show how what happened in school has influenced and still influences many aspects of their lives. Miraca Gross provides a clear, practical blueprint for teachers and parents who recognise the special learning needs of gifted children and seek to respond effectively.

chapter 1|7 pages

The scope of the problem

chapter |15 pages

The children

chapter 2|8 pages

Gifted education in Australia

chapter |9 pages

The influence of egalitarianism

chapter 3|4 pages

Methodology and procedures of the study

chapter |10 pages

The questions

chapter 4|6 pages

Early development and physical health

chapter |9 pages

Early speech

chapter |1 pages


chapter 5|16 pages

Family characteristics and family history

chapter |8 pages

Country of origin of parents

chapter 6|14 pages

Academic achievement levels

chapter |15 pages

Reading interests and favourite books

chapter 8|3 pages

School history

chapter |34 pages

Early entry to formal schooling

chapter 9|5 pages

Psychosocial development

chapter |5 pages


chapter 10|64 pages

Where are they now? 1993–2003