This book addresses the basis of exclusive education for gifted adolescents from the theoretical perspective of social identity. Although it is controversial and often considered to be elitist, gifted adolescents need to socialize with like-minded peers, and are presented with opportunities to do so when they are in an exclusive setting. Various social situations trigger different social identities, ways of thinking, feeling, and acting based on the most salient group members at the time. Particular to gifted adolescents, these social situations can cause them to achieve up or down to the expectations of those around them. Using the lens of social identity theory and adolescent development related to giftedness, this book builds the case for an exclusive curriculum for gifted adolescents. By providing a comprehensive foundation for exploring the concept of a more exclusive education scholastically, and debunking the "elitist" concept of gifted education, this book is a well-organized and clearly-structured exposition for the philosophy of gifted education, as well as a means of putting a curricular model into practice in American high schools.
With pointed critiques of differentiated instruction in the general education classroom and the current trend of standardization and normalization in the current educational climate, a new philosophy for addressing gifted education is presented.
Understanding Gifted Adolescents: Accepting the Exceptional provides extensive research and knowledge in regards to America's failing education system for the gifted. It makes a significant contribution to the study of adolescence by discussing how limitations on gifted children's education are detrimental to their development. (2018) * Journal of Youth and Adolescence *
Educators Simpson and Adams provide an accessible guide for parents and teachers on supporting and advocating for gifted students, with a special focus on those who are under recognized because of poverty, race, or ethnicity.... The authors' intentions are excellent, and the text is enlivened with stories and imparts enthusiasm for the subject.... Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. * CHOICE *
Understanding Gifted Adolescents: Accepting the Exceptional helps one understand gifted adolescents and how acceptance is necessary to ensure success. Studies throughout put emphasis on the effects that environment, curricular choices, elitism, marginalization, and social inequality all play on adolescents' futures in a positive or negative way depending on the circumstances of each. In doing so, the text does a great service to developmental research focusing on adolescence.... This book does more than challenge researchers. It offers advice and insight on past research for parents and educators to devise plans and methods of ways to help their gifted adolescents receive emotional support while also making sure they advocate for the adolescents to receive the education that best fits their gifted abilities. (2017) * Journal of Youth and Adolescence *
This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the most up-to-date research regarding gifted adolescents and their social-emotional development. Simpson and Adams indulge the reader by providing gifted student scenarios with helpful tips to deal with gifted tendencies. -- Patty Messer, The Odyssey Preparatory Academy
Chapter 1: Social Identity Theory and Giftedness Chapter 2: Socioemotional Needs of Gifted Adolescents Chapter 3: Elitism and Social Equality Chapter 4: Gifted Curricular Programs Chapter 5: Differentiated Instruction Chapter 6: Standardizing Giftedness Chapter 7: Asset Based Approaches Chapter 8: Teaching the Gifted