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"The necessity of special provisions for the gifted can be understood most clearly when this population is perceived as a legitimate part of special education. Without the shield of special education, it is difficult to justify why gifted children should have differentiated programs. Exceptional children of all types are significantly different from the norm; therefore, they fail to thrive without modifications. The purpose of special provisions for exceptional children, whether educational or counseling, is to respond to their unique needs. Although it is relatively clear that children in every other branch of special education have unique needs, this assumption has not been widely endorsed for the gifted and has to be made explicit." Linda Kreger Silverman, Counseling the Gifted and Talented, 1993
Au Contraire, James Delisle by Terri Bawden, and Au Revoir, common sense by James R. Delisle, in Gifted Child Today ($)
The good news is that the presence of this Point/Counterpoint review of [Gardner's] Multiple Intelligences (MI) and the [Renzulli's] Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) within the pages of GCT means that a debate on what constitutes giftedness has begun anew...
Bloom's Taxonomy
Benjamin Bloom's taxonomy for categorizing level of abstraction of questions that commonly occur in educational settings
Educational Research and Educational Policy: The Strange Case of Acceleration by James J. Gallagher
One of the clear differences between educational policy and educational research data involves the date of entrance into school. There is no reason, based on what we know about individual differences and individual growth rates, why a single date, such as a birthday, should be chosen to determine when a person will enter the educational system
Expert Testimony by Debra Viadero, in EdWeek
Howard Gardner has had enough of watching children crawl around on the classroom floor in the name of his theory of multiple intelligences...
Funderstanding: About Learning
To see what the leading education, cognitive science, and other theorists have to say on the subject of learning, please read on!
Gagné's Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent
Gagné suggests four domains of giftedness: Intellectual, Socio-affective, Creative and Sensorimotor.  Students can be gifted in one subject area and not necessarily all areas. Recognises the student who may have high ability but who may be under-achieving, demotivated or prevented from realising his or her potential by environmental, personality or physiological constraints...
In Praise of Elitism by Jim Delisle, in Gifted Child Today
With its egalitarian insistence that nearly everyone is gifted at something, the MI idea has taken the country, and the world, by storm. Why? Because MI artificially distributes giftedness equally among various talent areas--linguistic, mathematical, spatial, and so forth--which is a politically correct but intrinsically incorrect notion of what intelligence is.
If being an elitist means that I still believe in a distinct quality of giftedness that is the domain of the few, not the many; and if being an elitist means that I believe gifted individuals need to be understood as the complex intellectual and emotional beings that they are; and if being an elitist means that I will advocate for a small percentage of children to receive a level of academic rigor and emotional understanding that transcends the typical, then an elitist I shall be...
The International Montessori Index Montessori around the world
When physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs are met children glow with excitement and a drive to work hard, study, and to learn
Renzulli’s Enrichment Triad Model
As found in "Teacher excellence : student excellence" Catering for the needs of gifted high school students in the regular classroom, by Janet Williams and Lesley Newhouse-Maiden. Later called the Schoolwide Enrichment Model...
Schoolwide Enrichment Model
"A Rising Tide Lifts All Ships" - The School Enrichment Model - demonstrated its effectiveness in bringing about significant changes in schooling by infusing more effective practices into existing school structures.  For a 7-minute video introduction to SEM, view this University of Washington Schoolwide Enrichment Model video
Scoping out multiple intelligences by Linda Seebach, Scripps Howard News Service
At a fateful moment in writing his hugely influential book, "Frames of Mind," Gardner says, he decided "to call these faculties 'multiple intelligences' rather than abilities or gifts."  As minor as the change seemed to be, it made all the difference.  And what a lot of nonsense American education would have been spared as a result...
The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI)
Gardner's Intelligence in Seven Steps
In his "theory of multiple intelligences," Gardner argues that human beings have evolved to be able to carry out at least seven separate forms of analysis...
Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner by Linda Kreger Silverman
the gifts of the right hemisphere... Adults and children alike will find in this book an opening to hidden abilities they may not even know they have
The Three-Ring Conception of Giftedness by Joseph S. Renzulli
The age-old issue of "what makes giftedness" has been debated by scholars for decades. Here is Renzulli's position on the theory, in his own words...

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