The 2nd edition of Gifted or Just Plain Smart? was revised to address the vast changes in the post COVID educational environment. It is designed to be a useful guide for all who work with gifted school-age children: parents, teachers, principals, and pre-service teachers in university settings. It covers gifted education from its origins and theories to the practical use of current technology at home or in the school. It also addresses strategies to recognize and develop overlooked gifted students such as those who are twice exceptional, those from diverse underserved populations, and those with a variety of gender issues, including students who identify with LGBTQ+ communities. It is an updated practical how-to manual with examples, anecdotes, real-life comments, and includes a guide to free resources.
Audrey M. Quinlan recently retired as the Chair of the Division of Education and Graduate Program Director at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania where she still currently teaches graduate courses in gifted education and curriculum and instruction. She holds supervisory, principal, and teacher certifications in elementary and middle level education and has taught and been a principal in public and parochial schools.
Chapter 1. History and Definitions of Gifted Education
Chapter 2. Theories, Models, Positions, Attitudes, and Controversy
Chapter 3. Myths, Truths, and Characteristics of Gifted Students
Chapter 4. Strategies, Tips, and Delivery
Chapter 5. Virtual Instruction for Gifted Students
Chapter 6. Identifying Special Populations of Gifted Students
Chapter 7. Assessment Issues
Chapter 8. Teachers of Gifted Students
Chapter 9. Building on Experience: Voices from the Field
Chapter 10. Resources
Epilogue: Answering the Question
Appendix Relevant Websites for Each Chapter
Educators, students, and parents alike agree that the COVID-19 pandemic changed education forever. While all students struggled to find their identity as learners and individuals within the chaos, gifted students who understood the complexities of such dramatic changes especially struggled. In her book, Dr. Quinlan clearly presents the issues with which many gifted students continue to grapple and how they, as deep thinkers with exceptional needs, have navigated their school experiences throughout this unique time. Gifted or Just Plain Smart? is a ‘must read’ for anyone who works with gifted students, post-pandemic!
Dr. Audrey Quinlan has written a wonderfully comprehensive and practical book, Gifted or Just Plain Smart?, to better help teachers, parents and any interested persons understand and educate our gifted children. She provides necessary background information on the definition and traits of the gifted while also sharing the myths and stereotypes that still exist in this day and age! Every chapter starts with applicable quotes framing the topics and ends with Food for Thoughts for discussion, review and springboards for further discussions. Honorable educators are presented with their theories, models, positions and attitudes, while models of gifted educations are also shared and reviewed. Special populations - twice exceptional (2E) and under-served populations are not forgotten. The final two chapters "Building on Experience" and "Resources" sum up the excellence presented in this very thorough book... a superb blend of theory, practice, thought provoking ideas and experience! It is a treasure!
Today’s teachers and future teachers are faced with this wicked question: “In our effort to leave no child behind, have we left some children, those who are proficient or advanced, simply standing still?” Dr. Quinlan provides a “Swiss Army Knife” of research based, practical strategies and resources that can be adapted to the needs of educators and parents, as they plan and implement instructional activities that will promote progress among all students, including those who are “gifted or just plain smart”.
Gifted or Just Plain Smart presents the reader with an emphatic, historical, and theoretical understanding of the gifted student. For teacher educators and teachers in the classroom the book provides practical understanding and strategies for effectively meeting these learners’ needs. Quinlan shares her love of teaching and the range of gifted students that will be met in the classroom with humor and wisdom.