A gifted education Legacy Award winner, Best Practices in Gifted Education provides concise, up-to-date, research-based advice to educators, administrators, and parents of gifted and talented youth. The 29 practices included in this volume are the result of an extensive examination of educational research on what works with talented youth. The interest in culturally diverse and low-income learners, the means to identify talents, and the need for curriculum that appropriately challenges high-ability youth constitute just a few of the 29 practices.

Each practice is organized into a chapter containing two sections: What We Know and What We Can Do. The first section briefly describes the practice and summarizes the research. The second section suggests what course of action a parent, teacher, or administrator might take at home, in the classroom, or at school. The book is a must-have for those who want a guide that makes a connection between research and practical action in gifted education.

A service publication of the National Association for Gifted Children (Washington, DC). This designation indicates that this book has been jointly developed with NAGC and that this book passes the highest standards of scholarship, research, and practice.

chapter |4 pages


part Part I|70 pages


chapter Chapter 1|7 pages

Parent Involvement

chapter Chapter 2|10 pages

Social-Emotional Adjustment and Peer Relations

chapter Chapter 3|9 pages

Students Who are Twice–Exceptional

chapter Chapter 4|10 pages

Gender Differences

chapter Chapter 5|4 pages

Developing Specific Talents

chapter Chapter 7|9 pages

Mentors and Mentorships

chapter Chapter 8|6 pages

University-Based Programs

part Part II|95 pages


chapter Chapter 9|11 pages

Encouraging Creativity

chapter Chapter 10|12 pages

Multiple Intelligences

chapter Chapter 11|8 pages

Higher Level Thinking

chapter Chapter 12|8 pages

Inquiry–Based Learning and Teaching

chapter Chapter 13|6 pages

Compacting the Curriculum

chapter Chapter 14|6 pages

Flexible Grouping

chapter Chapter 15|9 pages

Instructional Technology

chapter Chapter 16|6 pages

Using Primary Sources in History

chapter Chapter 17|9 pages

Language Arts Instruction

chapter Chapter 18|8 pages

Reading Instruction

chapter Chapter 19|7 pages

Science in the Classroom

part Part III|106 pages


chapter Chapter 20|17 pages

Mathematics Curriculum

chapter Chapter 21|9 pages

Arts in the Curriculum

chapter Chapter 22|5 pages

Learning Multiple Languages

chapter Chapter 23|7 pages

Career Education

chapter Chapter 24|8 pages

School Programs

chapter Chapter 25|12 pages


chapter Chapter 26|12 pages

Multiple Criteria for Identification

chapter Chapter 27|8 pages

Developing Talents in Culturally Diverse Learners

chapter Chapter 28|8 pages

Promising Learners from Low-Income Backgrounds

chapter Chapter 29|9 pages

Professional Development for Teachers

chapter |4 pages