- Hardcover: 1112 pages
- Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 1 edition (June 17, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1412949718
- ISBN-13: 978-1412949712
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 3 x 11.3 inches
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Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent 1st Edition
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Although education for the gifted and talented is not a new area of study, there has never been an encyclopedia dedicated to this particular aspect of education. Current scholarship in neuroscience, psychology of learning, and the very nature of intelligence has shown that there is a need for something more specialized in the literature. This is the gap that this source, edited by an eminent scholar in the field, is attempting to fill. The introduction describes a lengthy and peer-reviewed process for selecting the topics and authors for the articles. The articles themselves also underwent a peer review before inclusion. The format is A–Z with alphabetical and subject lists of entries and a list of contributors at the beginning. The excellent comprehensive index appears in the second volume only. Each entry includes further readings. Entries include Asperger’s syndrome, Athletic giftedness, Brain-based research, Creative process, Multicultural assessment, Multipotentiality, and Risk taking. In Macmillan’s Encyclopedia of Education (2002), none of these examples appear as entry headings, and when they are treated within other articles, they are given small coverage or coverage that doesn’t specifically refer to the gifted. Although there is much literature on education, and the price of this encyclopedia is a bit steep, any academic library supporting an education program would want to seriously consider owning it. Public libraries in communities where school systems include gifted education may also want to own this. Also available as an e-book. --Danise Hoover
About the Author
Barbara Kerr, Ph.D., is the Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Kansas. Educated at the University of Missouri and Ohio State University, she has served on faculties of the Universities of Nebraska and Iowa and Arizona State University. Her research is on the development of giftedness and creativity. She has written five books in this area, including: Smart Girls (1985, 1997); Smart Boys (2001); A Handbook for Counseling Gifted & Talented (1991, 2003); and Counseling Girls & Women: Volume 1, Talent, Risk & Resiliency and Volume 2, Talent Development (2005). She has authored over 100 articles and scholarly papers in the area of giftedness, creativity, and talent development and has won the American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for Research through Service and the American Psychological Foundation's Esther Katz Rosen Award for Research in Gifted Education. She has been on the editorial boards of the leading journals in her field and served as the Associate Director of the Belen Blank National Center for Gifted Education.
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