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Bright Adults: Uniqueness and Belonging across the Lifespan Paperback – November 2, 2015
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Many gifted people will recognize this sailing tour Ellen Fiedler describes. It is both exhilarating and challenging: sunshine and bad weather; hard work and relaxation; going solo or choosing others in your boat. This book is a welcome addition to the scarce literature for gifted adults. Noks Nauta, M.D., Ph.D., Gifted Adults Foundation, The Netherlands Expertly researched and masterfully written, "Bright Adults" offers valuable insights and guidance into the complex worlds of gifted grown-ups. Ellen Fiedler takes the reader through stages of growing up gifted, from young adult "voyagers" to middle-age "navigators" to elder "cruisers," and at each step, she offers numerous practical ideas to enhance one's lifelong journey. No matter your age or stage, you will identify with the wisdom in this sailing adventure through gifted adulthood. James R. Delisle, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Education (Retired), Kent State University This brilliantly written book is a compass for intelligent people as they approach all stages of development. Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D., Psychologist and Director, Gifted Development Center and Institute for the Study of Advanced Development
About the Author
Dr. Ellen Fiedler, a Professor Emerita from the Master in Arts in Gifted Education (M.A.G.E.) program at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, is currently a private educational consultant. She regularly provides professional development for school districts and other educational agencies, presentations for parents, and a wide range of consultation services related to gifted students and their education. She has been a Gifted Program Coordinator and a State Consultant for Gifted and has provided consultation services, webinars, and presentations at various conferences in the United States and internationally. She was chair of the Counseling and Guidance Division of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), co-chair of the Global Awareness Division of NAGC, and Newsletter Editor for the Global Awareness Network of NAGC. She provided chapters on gifted adults in Living with Intensity and in Off the Charts: Asynchrony and the Gifted Child. She is Past President of the Michigan Association for Gifted Children, plus a member of the Florida Association for the Gifted, Illinois Association for Gifted Children, National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), and the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC). She co-authored the state guide to diversity and equity for gifted programs in Illinois and serves as a State of Illinois Trainer for the Gifted Education Seminars. She received her Master's degree in Elementary Education, with an emphasis on gifted children, and her Ph.D. in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she worked at the Guidance Institute for Talented Students there as a Research Assistant to the director. Dr. Fiedler lives in Florida during the winter and in southwest lower Michigan in the summer. She is an avid sailor with an old wooden sailboat that she typically sails single-handed on Lake Michigan. She initially became involved in gifted education as a parent of two profoundly gifted children.
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Dr. Fiedler uses an interesting metaphor of sailing in her book to “compare our lives to the journeys and paths mapped out by early travelers, particularly those passes differing from the average.“ The book follows our lives, broken into stages, and the long look at how these can include “exciting times, stormy seas and periods of change.”
Many writers who publish books or articles about gifted adults spend much of their time philosophizing and pontificating about “do’s” and “don’ts” of going through life gifted. Fiedler spends time on the age-based stages of development specifically about bright and gifted adults as many know are “not necessarily the same stages for the average adult.”
The appendices of the book add a bonus of various Resources, Exploration, Self-Assessment, Activities, Strategies and more.
Overall, Bright Adults: Uniqueness and Belonging across the Lifespan is truly thorough view of highly gifted people across their lifespan and well adapted to fit into a model of understanding the life of these unique thinkers.
This is a MUST read for anyone who is or has a gifted adult in their life!
I love the many stories, metaphors, and quotes throughout the book. The chapters are logical and straightforward; the suggested strategies are helpful tools. I used a yellow highlighter and marked points of interest which I will refer to again and again in coming months.