This book contains a general introduction to the education of academically able students. It provides a solid background of basic knowledge and a survey of research and theory for educational theorists, student teachers, practising teachers, administrators and planners. It offers insights into relevant practical problems as well as guidelines for classroom practice. The significance of this material is outlined for the various levels of the educational system from the individual classroom to the regional planning level. The book is not, however, designed to offer set answers and pat solutions, but to provide rationale for the creative work of teachers and administrators.


For students in education and educational psychology; teachers' inservice training and practising teachers; curriculum developers; parents with existing knowledge.

Table of Contents

Foreword. Introduction. The Case for Special Education for Gifted Children. Defining Excellence. Intelligence and Intelligence Tests. Creativity, Intelligence and Academic Excellence. Creativity: Measurement and Training. Instructional Strategies and Tactics for Fostering Excellence. Simulating Creativity in the Classroom. Organizational Approaches in Schools. Measures Outside Traditional Schools. Systemwide Issues: Planning and Personnel. Identifying the Academically Excellent. Disadvantaged Able Individuals. Computers and Academic Excellence


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About the authors

J. McLeod

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Saskatchewan, Canada

A. Cropley

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Hamburg, Germany


@qu:...a valuable addition to the literature on gifted education... The authors demonostrate an excellent knowledge of the research literature relevant to the topics discussed, the book is easy to read yet scholarly, and the message is inspirational... I recommend this book not only for teachers and parents of the gifted, but also for everyone interested in improving education. @source:Gifted Child Quarterly.