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Growing Up Gifted: Developing the Potential of Children at Home and at School Hardcover – Apr 23 2007


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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 7 edition (April 23 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131185721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131185722
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.4 x 24 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #956,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of the leading books in the field, this edition offers the most interesting, information-packed introduction available to the characteristics of the gifted and talented children. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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This is the sixth edition of Growing Up Gifted. As I began the first edition more than 20 years ago, it was my intention to write a book for my students that would include the ideas I found important in supporting my work with gifted learners. I wanted the book to be helpful to the parents of gifted students as well because I believe that parents are their first and most important teachers. Brain researchers had just begun to talk about the implications of their work for human learning, and I wanted to make that information available to those with whom I worked. The importance of early learning in human mental development was just being noted and, in some scientific circles, enriching our heredity was first being discussed. I wanted to bring these ideas into the classrooms so that all children could come closer to reaching their full potential.

As my students and I worked to bring research into practice for seven years in an experimental school setting we developed with gifted and highly gifted learners, we shared excitement and growth. Later editions of the book reflected that growth, explored new ideas, and began to be useful not only to my students but to students throughout the world. Over the years, the work of many other researchers enriched our efforts.

At this writing, the book retains parts of its original structure and yet has included knowledge and practice froth so many others that it is only the vision that remains the same. Optimizing learning, synthesizing knowledge from many disciplines, and bringing together and integrating best practices from classrooms where children grow all added to the texture of the book. All of this is communicated to advocate for students whom the schools have designated as gifted learners. By sharing it, I hope that more children will grow up gifted and bring their gifts to the world.

There are three parts to the book: Part I is intended to create an understanding of who gifted learners are, how they become gifted, and what giftedness and creativity are like as one grows cognitively, socially, emotionally, and intuitively.

Part II builds on this understanding by describing school programs. How gifted learners can be supported at school and the services required to meet their needs and optimize their experiences are explored. A continuum of such services is discussed, and the options that schools can develop to serve gifted learners in the elementary, middle school, and high school programs are described. Homeschooling and global education are a part of this discussion. Evaluating programs to improve their quality, reach, and impact is explored. The methods and complexities of identifying giftedness are also found in this section.

Part III is devoted to the theories and practices of teaching gifted learners. Numerous curriculum models used to provide education for gifted learners are described. The ideas for optimizing learning that have been evolving from the 1970s are organized and shared and the integrative Education Model, developed from translating brain research for use in the classroom, is briefly explained. Differentiating and individualizing the curriculum and the instruction, so necessary for gifted learners, are a part of the knowledge base shared in this section.

Finally, the diversity of cultures and the effect they have on the development and the expression of giftedness is explored. The impact of gender, race, ethnicity, and poverty must be carefully considered and possible avenues of intervention understood if we are to overcome any barriers that students from these cultural groups might encounter. Gifted learners who are in need because of disabilities or underachievement and those learners who are limited by their experiences with cultural diversity must be helped to reverse the loss and realize the strength and richness that such diversity can bring. Only through extending our knowledge base and increasing the number of strategies that work grill we be able to meet these needs.

This book is written for the teachers at home and at school who are striving to understand a little better, reach a little higher, and achieve with excellence a little more often. At this time there is more research in the field, more programs available in the school, more theories and practices to report, and more attention to quality evident. I have tried to bring a well-rounded sample of all this growth to you so that you can use it for the students whom you have chosen to serve. Included are activities, summaries, questions, graphics, charts, illustrations, and vignettes drawn from my experiences to aid in your understanding.

The book ends with a special epilogue that shares an experience that profoundly affected me during a trip to the newly reestablished nation Kyrgyzstan. With the sharing of this experience, we come full circle to the concerns of excellence and equity explored in the first chapter. I believe that all of you who have chosen to support the growth of gifted learners will find in this book much that will aid you to be more effective and caring in your work. The information in this book provides, however, more than educational ideas; it provides a way, as my colleague in Kyrgyzstan so eloquently stated, "to survive as a country and find our leaders in our children." It is my intent to provide you with an understanding of intelligence and its nurture so that more of our children can realize their unique gifts and talents and by your efforts they may truly have the opportunity to be growing up gifted.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I would like to thank the reviewers of this edition: Dorothy Armstrong, Grand Valley State University; Art Attell, University of Arkansas at Monticello; and Leonard Ganschow, Miami University, Ohio. They gave me some very good ideas for organization and approach that allowed me to enrich the book. I would also like to acknowledge my copyeditor, Robyn Durand, whose most helpful work clarified and strengthened my writing. As always, I am most indebted to my students, who over the years have taught me the real meaning and honor of being a teacher.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on Nov. 4 1999
Format: Hardcover
Last year I stumbled across an older edition of this book completely by accident while researching a paper on inclusion/mainstreaming of severely LD/BD/ED kids. My parents have hidden (or tried to hide) my giftedness from me since they found out when I was three. This book sent my head spinning, but I'm glad I found it. I devoured it in about a day, and it left me hungry for more. Growing Up Gifted is a great book for parents, teachers, counselors, and the gifted alike. I learned a lot about myself. Ms. Clark touches on pretty much every aspect of giftedness more than well enough to give an ignorant, undereducated GT girl an excellent foothold in the climb to discovering what "this gifted stuff" is all about.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
This is THE book on the subject Jan. 24 2003
By copperpeach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I suspect this is mainly used as a textbook for teachers or counselors and the like...but I bouoght it as a parent and I highly recommend this book.
I first saw a 1985 edition on our library shelves, read it and got so much useful information from it I took a chance on the newer version. I was not disappointed.
I have quoted and used this book at length in trying to educate the teachers and other staff involved in my son's education. I showed or told them what she wrote and quoted her, which lent some authority to my assertions.
She helped explain why my son is the way he is, in so many of his complexities. At last I understood why he reacts to things in such puzzling ways!
There might be other books on gifted kids out there, but I'm not sure they could beat her patient, highly educated, helpful tone.
Take notes as you go, there'll be a lot of things you'll want to find later to share with others interested in the same issues. Such as, one of the most important keys in finding an effective teacher for any student is the teacher's own self-image. Or, there IS a model of education that is shown to be effective for all levels of intelligence at once--the hands-on or whole topic curriculum (also called project-based). Or that the level of intelligence we now call gifted IS possible for all people to reach, if only they were raised in the "right" way--and that it is largely learned, not inherited. Or that teachers are a fairly poor identifier of the gifted kids; other kids are better at it!
These are my recollections only--but just as a sample of the kinds of things she says.
There's so much there you'll probably need to skip the parts that don't apply, or read more than once.
35 of 53 people found the following review helpful
I never knew what gifted was... Nov. 4 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Last year I stumbled across an older edition of this book completely by accident while researching a paper on inclusion/mainstreaming of severely LD/BD/ED kids. My parents have hidden (or tried to hide) my giftedness from me since they found out when I was three. This book sent my head spinning, but I'm glad I found it. I devoured it in about a day, and it left me hungry for more. Growing Up Gifted is a great book for parents, teachers, counselors, and the gifted alike. I learned a lot about myself. Ms. Clark touches on pretty much every aspect of giftedness more than well enough to give an ignorant, undereducated GT girl an excellent foothold in the climb to discovering what "this gifted stuff" is all about.
Excellent product. This is the best ever purchase of ... Aug. 23 2014
By Rock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Excellent product. This is the best ever purchase of my life. I can't believe how lucky I am for buying this product. My life has changed for the best. For ever.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Changed from Edition 2 Aug. 22 2010
By Lauri E. Barber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I loved Edition 2 but I see that it has definitely been updated for the Internet age.
5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Among the best books on early education Sept. 14 2004
By Retired Thinker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is not the "XXX for the Dummies" type of book. This book is a textbook for college classes. It has theories and cites primary research data. If you do not like reading demanding textbooks for college students, this book is not for you, considering its high price.

It not only suggests you what to do, but also explains the reason behind it. You need to read it carefully and critically.

There are an overwhelming number of books on this subject that you probably won't read them all, and frankly the vast majority of them are just not worth reading. This one is clearly worth reading and your child will benefit invaluably, if you spend serious time on this book, no matter your child is gifted or not.


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