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Gifted Education: Promising Practices


reviewed by Meredith Warshaw — 2004

coverTitle: Gifted Education: Promising Practices
Author(s): Joan Franklin Smutny
Publisher: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington
ISBN: 0873678451, Pages: 200, Year: 2003
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Gifted Education:  Promising Practices provides a clear, easily readable overview of the current state of gifted education.  This book is does not provide in-depth, comprehensive coverage of any topic.  Instead, it provides overviews of a variety of topics, with references for those who wish to pursue more detail.  There is no index, which is a serious shortcoming in a reference book; fortunately, the table of contents includes chapter outlines.   After starting with a brief history of views of giftedness, Smutny proceeds to provide information on identification, program options for various age groups, special subgroups (girls, creatively gifted students, culturally , and disadvantaged students), underachievement, and the important but often neglected area of program evaluation.   The strength of this book is its readability.  The chapters each stand alone, so that a busy teacher or administrator can easily focus on areas of interest and get ideas for working with students.  However, anyone looking for greater detail or depth will wish to follow up by reading some of the references listed... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 909-911
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11228, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 6:38:50 AM

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  • Meredith Warshaw
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    MEREDITH WARSHAW is a Special Needs Educational Advisor working with families of gifted/special needs children. She is creator of the Uniquely Gifted website of internet resources for families with gifted/special needs children (http://www.uniquelygifted.org) and speaks at conferences on gifted education. Previously, Warshaw was a researcher in the Brown University Department of Psychiatry.
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