16 Gifted Education Programs and Procedures

Educational Psychology

  1. Paula Olszewski-Kubilius PhD,
  2. Dana Thomson PhD

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop207016

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Olszewski-Kubilius, P. and Thomson, D. 2012. Gifted Education Programs and Procedures. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 7:16.

Author Information

  1. Northwestern University, Department of Education and Social Policy, Evanston, IL, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012


Society has great interest in the phenomenon of giftedness as well as great need to develop the talents of its members. However, because of a lack of a federal mandate, meeting the educational, social, and emotional needs of gifted children is left to the whims of local school districts. As a result, these children are often ignored because of a fundamental belief that they can succeed on their own. As a field, gifted education is increasingly informed by a growing body of research focused on understanding and explicating the trajectories of talent development within specific domains. This research indicates that talent involves both general and specific abilities that vary by domain, specialized instruction from teachers, coaches and mentors, within in-school and outside-of-school programs, and support from others to help individuals acquire and maintain engagement and motivation and cope with the costs of high levels of achievement. Issues that define the field currently include the relative roles of ability, creativity, psychosocial and environmental influences, motivation and personality characteristics in high achievement; whether there is a unique pedagogy for gifted children; the identification and servicing of typically underrepresented groups including low-income and minority gifted children; and the need for varying supports as gifted children grow into gifted young adults and talent development needs change.


  • gifted;
  • talented;
  • creativity;
  • high ability;
  • identification