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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.
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
Introduction: A Continuum of Psychological Services
About Gifted Children: Who they are and Why
Examining Beliefs about the Gifted
Determining the Needs of Gifted Children
Competing with Myths about the Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Students
Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: Straight Talk
Gifted Children and Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Development
A Consideration of Axiomatic Statements
How Gifted Students Cope with Mixed Messages
Examining Claims about Gifted Children and Suicide
On Chance and Being Gifted
Being Gifted is Abnormal?
Emotions and Giftedness
Negotiating the Vicissitudes of Chance Factors
Guiding Gifted Children
How Families can Facilitate Students' Success
Guiding and Supporting the Development of Gifted Children
Practical Advice for Guiding the Gifted
Working on Behalf of Gifted Students
Developing Relationships, Communication, and Identity
Swagger or Humility or Swagger and Humility: A New Goal for Educating Students with Gifts and Talents
Putting the Well-being of all Students (Including Gifted Students) First
Owning the Problem of Undesirable Behavior: Disintermediation and How our Children Are Taught to Drink, Smoke, and Gamble
Self-Mutilation and Gifted Children
On Preventing Suicide Among Gifted Students
Gifted Students and the Adults who Provide for them: Lessons Learned from Terrorism
Gifted Children Today
Gifted Students' Social and Emotional Development in the 21st Century
Technology and the Unseen World of Gifted Students
Digital Immigrants, Natives, and "Tweeners": A Glimpse into the Future for Our Students with Gifts and Talents
Nerds and Geeks: Society's Evolving Stereotypes of our Students with Gifts and Talents
The Lived Experiences of Gifted Students in School, or On Gifted Students and Columbine
The Rage of Gifted Students
The Many Faces of Bullies
Psychological Autopsy Provides Insight into Gifted Adolescent Suicide
Where we have been and where we are Going
Don't Forget the Little Guys
Contemporary Issues in the Psychosocial Development of Students with Gifts and Talents
The Changing Life Metaphor of Gifted Youth
Top 10 (Plus or Minus Two) List for the 20th Century
Disrupting Social Contracts that affect Gifted Students: An Homage to "Harrison Bergeron"
About the Author
About the Contributors
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