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Gifted Children : Myths and Realities

Gifted Children : Myths and Realities - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0465017591

Cover of Gifted Children : Myths and Realities 96 (ISBN 978-0465017591)
ISBN13: 978-0465017591
ISBN10: 0465017592

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 96
Copyright: 1996
Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.
Published: 1996
International: No

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Gifted Children : Myths and Realities - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0465017591

Ellen Winner

ISBN13: 978-0465017591
ISBN10: 0465017592

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 96
Copyright: 1996
Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.
Published: 1996
International: No
Summary

In this fascinating book, Ellen Winner uncovers and explores nine myths about giftedness, and shows us what gifted children are really like. Using vivid case studies, Winner paints a complex picture of the gifted child. Here we meet David, a three-year-old who learned to read in two weeks; KyLee, a five-year-old who mastered on his own all of the math concepts expected by the end of elementary school; and Nadia, an autistic and retarded "savant" who nevertheless could draw like a Renaissance master.

Winner uses her research with these and several other extraordinary children, as well as the latest biological and psychological evidence, to debunk the many myths about academic, musical, and artistic giftedness.

Gifted Children also looks at the role played by schools in fostering exceptional abilities. Winner castigates schools for wasting resources on weak educational programs for the moderately gifted. Instead, she advocates elevating standards for all children, and focusing our resources for gifted education on those with extreme abilities-children who are left untouched by the kinds of minimal programs we have today.



Author Bio

Winner, Ellen : Boston College


Ellen Winner is professor of psychology at Boston College and senior research associate at Harvard Project Zero. She is the author of Invented Worlds: The Psychology of the Arts, and The Point of Words: Children's Understanding of Metaphor and Irony.

Table of Contents

Nine Myths About Giftedness
Globally Gifted: The Children Behind the Myth
Unevenly Gifted, Even Learning Disabled
Artistic and Musical Children
The IQ Myth
The Biology of Giftedness
Giftedness and the Family
So Different from Others: The Emotional Life of the Gifted Child
Schools: How They Fail, How They Could Help
What Happens to Gifted Children When They Grow Up?
Sorting Myth from Reality

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