Definitions, history, the studies of giftedness, global implementation

Australian Curriculum

Department of Education Victoria

Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented

Founded in 1985, AAEGT is a national body focused on creating and maintaining a continuing Australia-wide exchange of information about giftedness

Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children

The purpose of the VAGTC is to support educators, parents and professionals to teach, raise, guide and advocate for gifted and talented children in Victoria.

Gifted Support Network Inc (Melbourne based)

Gifted Support Network is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1998 by local parents in the Bayside area of Melbourne, Australia. Members are families and educators who have discovered that their children share many of the Typical Traits of Giftedness. Gifted Support Network endeavours to provide relevant information, resources and support to families and educators with gifted children.

Association for Gifted and Talented Education Victoria (AGATEVic)

AGATEVic is a professional association in Victoria that has academic, teacher and psychological expertise in gifted education and talent development to advocate for gifted students. Its purpose is to realise the gifted potential of students in Victoria and enable their talent development.

National Association for Gifted Education (USA)

Professional Development Package for Teachers

This free resource has been developed by GERRIC with DEEWR in 2004 specifically for teachers who want to make their classrooms exciting and stimulating places for students with gifts and talents. It consists of six modules which include Professional Development, Extension, and Specialisation packages for Early Childhood, Primary, and Secondary in PDF format.

Extraordinary minds

Gardner, H. (1997). Extraordinary minds: Portraits of exceptional individuals and an examination of our extraordinariness. New York, NY: Basic Books. British edition, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1997

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds positions as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero. Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981 and the University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer Award in Education in 1990. He has received honorary degrees from thirty colleges and universities, including institutions in Bulgaria, Chile, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, and Spain. He has twice been selected by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines as one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world. In 2011, Gardner received the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences, and in 2015, he was awarded the Brock International Prize in Education.

The history of giftedness

Robinson, A., & Clinkenbeard, P.R. (2008). 'History of giftedness: Perspectives from the past presage modern scholarship'.  In S. Pfieffer (Ed.), Handbook on giftedness in children: Psycho-educational theory, research, and best practices (pp. 13-31). New York, NY: Springer Science

This chapter reviews briefly the historical interest in giftedness to the nineteenth century, shares four biographical summaries that illustrate key issues in the twentieth-century history of gifted education, offers a review of cognitive and affective variables which have historically been used to study giftedness, and concludes with attention to issues of particular interest to psychologists and mental health professionals.

The nature and nurture of giftedness

Dai, D. Y. (2010). The nature and nurture of giftedness: A new framework for understanding gifted education. New York: Teachers College Press.

David Yun Dai joined the faculty of Educational Psychology and Methodology at University at Albany, State University of New York in 2001. He is internationally known for his work on gifted education, talent development, and creativity.