Is Gifted Education in Crisis?

How should we characterize the state of gifted education today? Only one word is sufficient: Gifted education is in crisis. Many schools currently do nothing for gifted students. Of the schools that do provide services, many end that "service" at identification. Well-articulated programs delivering quality gifted education services are the exception, not the rule.

So begins Prufrock Press' newest release, Beyond Gifted Education: Designing and Implementing Advanced Academic Programs.

Seeking a more comprehensive vision for gifted education, Beyond Gifted Education offers a modern vision of programs and services for gifted and talented students. This book provides the first comprehensive look at designing and implementing modern K–12 advanced academic student programs.

Written by four leading experts in the field, Beyond Gifted Education reviews the current range of traditional gifted education practices and policies. Then, the book offers the concerned gifted program coordinator or school administrator a more expansive approach to educating gifted learners. The authors lead readers through the process of identifying needs, responding with programming, and then finding students who are well-suited for and would benefit from advanced academic programming.

Of the book and its authors, Dr. Jonathan Pucker, endowed professor at the Neag School of Education, Univeristy of Connecticut, wrote: "The American education system is in desperate need of bold thinking about how to promote excellence and advanced achievement. The authors of this book, who are among the most engaging thinkers in this area, have produced a provocative, cutting edge vision on what our schools can do to help bright students develop their abilities, and to help more studies reach advanced levels of achievement."

Download Three Free Chapters

Is gifted education in crisis? Download three sample chapters from the book and answer the question for yourself. These chapters (Chapters 1, 2, and 4) offer an introduction to the book's focus and an example of one of the many solutions highlighted in the book. Click this link to download sample chapters from Beyond Gifted Education. The file is 2.6 MB in size. Depending on your Internet connection, the file may take a minute or more to load.