On the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Children

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2010-11-01
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Inc
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Raising happy, successful children is a goal of every parent of gifted children. In On the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Children, the nation's leading authority on the psychology of gifted children offers advice and encouragement for both parents and teachers. In a thoughtful, conversational style, the author offers an in-depth look at the complex social and emotional issues faced by gifted children. This revised and updated fourth edition of the popular text contains more than 10 new chapters, featuring contributions by scholars on gifted children's development from across the nation. On the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Children tackles important and timely issues dealing with the social and emotional needs of today's gifted children, including who gifted children are and what giftedness means; how parents, teachers, and counselors can guide gifted children; the issues facing gifted students in the 21st century such as technology and terrorism; and how the education of gifted children can adapt for the future. This concise, sensitive look at gifted children and their social and emotional world offers unique insights for both teachers and parents who support these special children.

Author Biography

Tracy L. Cross, Ph.D., holds an endowed chair as the Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Psychology and Gifted Education and is the executive director of the Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary. He has published more than 150 articles and book chapters and 40 columns, has made more than 200 presentations at conferences, and has published four books. He received the Distinguished Service Award from The Association for the Gifted and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), the Early Leader and Early Scholar Awards from NAGC, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the MENSA Education and Research Foundation.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. XI
Prefacep. XIII
Introduction: A Continuum of Psychological Servicesp. xvii
About Gifted Children: Who they are and Whyp. 1
Examining Beliefs about the Giftedp. 5
Determining the Needs of Gifted Childrenp. 9
Competing with Myths about the Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Studentsp. 13
Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: Straight Talkp. 21
Gifted Children and Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Developmentp. 27
A Consideration of Axiomatic Statementsp. 33
How Gifted Students Cope with Mixed Messagesp. 37
Examining Claims about Gifted Children and Suicidep. 41
On Chance and Being Giftedp. 47
Being Gifted is Abnormal?p. 52
Emotions and Giftednessp. 58
Negotiating the Vicissitudes of Chance Factorsp. 62
Guiding Gifted Childrenp. 65
How Families can Facilitate Students' Successp. 67
Accelerationp. 71
Guiding and Supporting the Development of Gifted Childrenp. 75
Practical Advice for Guiding the Giftedp. 79
Working on Behalf of Gifted Studentsp. 83
Developing Relationships, Communication, and Identityp. 89
Swagger or Humility or Swagger and Humility: A New Goal for Educating Students with Gifts and Talentsp. 95
Putting the Well-being of all Students (Including Gifted Students) Firstp. 101
Owning the Problem of Undesirable Behavior: Disintermediation and How our Children Are Taught to Drink, Smoke, and Gamblep. 109
Self-Mutilation and Gifted Childrenp. 115
On Preventing Suicide Among Gifted Studentsp. 121
Gifted Students and the Adults who Provide for them: Lessons Learned from Terrorismp. 125
Gifted Children Todayp. 131
Gifted Students' Social and Emotional Development in the 21st Centuryp. 133
Technology and the Unseen World of Gifted Studentsp. 139
Digital Immigrants, Natives, and "Tweeners": A Glimpse into the Future for Our Students with Gifts and Talentsp. 147
Nerds and Geeks: Society's Evolving Stereotypes of our Students with Gifts and Talentsp. 151
The Lived Experiences of Gifted Students in School, or On Gifted Students and Columbinep. 157
The Rage of Gifted Studentsp. 165
The Many Faces of Bulliesp. 171
Psychological Autopsy Provides Insight into Gifted Adolescent Suicidep. 175
Where we have been and where we are Goingp. 183
Don't Forget the Little Guysp. 185
Three Questionsp. 189
Contemporary Issues in the Psychosocial Development of Students with Gifts and Talentsp. 193
The Changing Life Metaphor of Gifted Youthp. 199
Changing Timesp. 207
Top 10 (Plus or Minus Two) List for the 20th Centuryp. 213
Disrupting Social Contracts that affect Gifted Students: An Homage to "Harrison Bergeron"p. 223
Referencesp. 227
Resourcesp. 231
About the Authorp. 279
About the Contributorsp. 281
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