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Identifying Gifted Students: A Practical Guide Paperback – January 1, 2004

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593630034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593630034
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,386,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As editor, Susan Johnsen offers a book that is both practical and informative. Designed for professionals working with the gifted and talented, her book seeks to meet the informational needs of teachers of the gifted, school administrators, psychologists, and psychometrists. Readers will find chapters that cover the gamut of gifted education basics and extend beyond to offer guidance to decision-makers seeking to identify these children for services.

Identifying Gifted Students: A Practical Guide is a brief, yet thorough, overview of issues surrounding the identification of gifted students. The book lives up to its title in that educators can turn to it as an authoritative reference in matters of assessing students and count on receiving practical and easy-to-implement solutions for their assessment needs. --

Sandee Manning, Ph.D., Gifted Education Communicator: A Journal for Educators and Parents, Spring 2005

About the Author

Susan K. Johnsen, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at Baylor University. She directs the Ph.D. program, and programs related to gifted and talented education. She is past-president of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. She has written more than 100 articles, monographs, technical reports, and books related to gifted education. She is a frequent presenter at international, national, and state conferences.

She is editor of Gifted Child Today and serves on the editorial boards of Gifted Child Quarterly and Journal of Advanced Academics. She also coauthored the Independent Study Program and three tests that are used in identifying gifted students: Test of Mathematical Abilities for Gifted Students (TOMAGS), Test of Nonverbal Intelligence (TONI-3), and Screening Assessment for Gifted Students (SAGES-2).

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The fact that this book is now selling for as low as what... $0.01, justifies my review.
PLUS check out the other FAKE REVIEWERs who give it a five. Stephen C. Greene ONLY has ONE review. ~*~ "~*~" ONLY does five star reviews. FAKERS !!!
I am looking for a book that deals with developing a child's skills, or gifted abilities, in a healthy, progressive, positive way.
This book talks a lot about state laws and state rulings and stuff, and how the state legally defines and ID's gifted kids and responds. It really does NOT touch on IDENTIFYING a child's GIFT, or ABILITY, or on how to develop it. It does not really focus on the parent/child or teacher/student relationship and how to proceed with the development of a child's abilities.
If your child is walking or talking or solving puzzles before, or sooner than, the average child does, or is walking up and down an 20-foot extension ladder, a ladder used by adults, by you one day to access the roof of a townhouse... if you find your child walking up and down that same ladder by the age of 17 months, that is a pretty good SIGN or assessment of a GIFTED ability !!!!! Oh ya, it is on video !!!

This book only really deals with assessment, pretty common sense stuff... It only really deals with assessing whether or not you may have a gifted child or student.

Personally, determining if a child is gifted or not, is pretty easy. I mean it is pretty much common sense.
If your child, or student, has skills, or a particular skill, that seems to be beyond where a normal child's skills are at, he/she is gifted.

I just do not sense that the author has much, or any, first-hand TEACHER-TO-STUDENT experience with gifted children or with their development.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen C. Greene on March 5, 2009
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I purchased the book as a part of a class requirement for my G/T endorsement. It is well written and provided me with an understandable knowledge of the processes necessary gifted identification. It cuts through alot of the details not necessary for the lay person to know.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ~*~ on March 30, 2013
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would say it is a good classroom/school tool to be used to ID gifted children within a school or classroom.
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