Fostering Giftedness: Challenges and Opportunities



Series: Giftedness: Identification, Assessment, Nurturing, and Treatment
BISAC: PSY039000

Target Audience: The book is written for anybody interested in education. Professionals such as teachers of gifted students as well as teacher trainers and trainee teachers at universities and teacher training colleges will find this book useful in their daily work. Regarding nonprofessionals, this book will be particularly useful for parents of gifted and talented students.

This book contains two parts. The first part, Chapters 1 to 14 provide a systematic insight into key aspects of gifted students starting from different approaches to defining giftedness, then identifying the gifted, their role in the society, gender differences, socio-emotional development, mentoring gifted students, creating an optimal environment for their development, evaluating the work of the gifted, underachievement of the gifted, methods and programs of working with the gifted, use of modern technologies in teaching gifted students, and training of teachers to work with the gifted population.
The second part of the manuscript includes a case study, or empirical research on the development of students gifted in mathematics. The research method is explained first, including a description of the participants and data collection instruments. The research conducted is a case study showing the development of gifted mathematicians both in schools and in the family environment, from early childhood to higher education. The research includes many factors in the family environment such as: socio-economic and educational status of parents, learning conditions, number of children in the family, parents’ assistance with school obligations, parents’ reaction to children’s successes and failures, punishment, etc. The research also includes many in-school factors that could have a positive or negative, motivating or restraining effect on the development of the mathematical gift of the respondents. Some of these factors are: identification of the gifted, methods of working with them, rewards, punishments, programs of working with them, teacher-student relations, and the like. In addition to the development of respondents in the family and school environments, their motivation was also investigated. Based on the interviews conducted with the respondents, the factors that induced our respondents to develop into mathematically gifted students were presented. The development of students gifted in mathematics is also described on the basis of the analysis of their pedagogical documentation, through which their abilities outside mathematics were determined, along with whether there were any crucial moments that had a positive or negative effect on them, i.e. their mathematical development. Finally, the results of the research were summarized and the factors that could have contributed to the mathematical gift of the respondents were listed. Moreover, certain recommendations are given to parents and teachers for more efficient work with the gifted population.

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Chapter 1. What is Giftedness

Chapter 2.Characteristics of Gifted Students

Chapter 3.Identification Gifted Students

Chapter 4. Care of the Gifted Students and their Contribution to Social Development

Chapter 5. Socio-Emotional Development of Gifted and Talented Students

Chapter 6. Giftedness and Gender

Chapter 7. Creating the Optimal Learning Environment

Chapter 8. Assessing and Evaluating Tte Performance of Gifted snd Talented Students

Chapter 9. Underachievement of Gifted Students

Chapter 10. Professional Development of Teachers of Gifted Students

Chapter 11. Programs for Gifted Students

Chapter 12. Mentoring Gifted Students

Chapter 13. Use of Information Technologies in Working with Gifted Students

Chapter 14. The Development of Mathematically Gifted Students – A Case Study

Chapter 15. Discussion and Conclusion




“The book, Fostering Giftedness: Challenges and Opportunities, is a true source of inspiration for nurturing exceptional individuals with the brightest potential to improve social, technological, economic, and cultural life. Book readers, regardless of whether they are educators, school administrators or parents, will definitely enjoy reading the book whose themes should always be prioritized in every school system.” – Professor Dr. Irena Zavrl, University of Applied Sciences Burgenland

“This book will definitely aid teachers and trainee teachers in identifying gifted students and in creating an optimal environment to enable and foster the development of giftedness. Moreover, it will help in resolving doubts that many parents of gifted and talented students face.” – Professor Dr. Kurt Allabauer, University College of Teacher Education in Lower Austria.

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