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Educational Psychology Reader

The Art and Science of How People Learn - Revised Edition

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Edited By Greg S. Goodman

The revised edition of Educational Psychology Reader: The Art and Science of How People Learn presents an exciting amalgam of educational psychology’s research-based reflections framed in twenty-first century critical educational psychology. As a discipline, educational psychology is reinventing itself from its early and almost exclusive identification with psychometrics and taxonomy-styled classifications to a dynamic and multicultural collage of conversations concerning language acquisition, socially mediated learning, diverse learning modalities, motivation, the affective domain, brain-based learning, the role of ecology in increasing achievement, and many other complementary dimensions of how people learn. Many polymaths of the discipline are included in this volume, providing daunting evidence of the range and intellectual rigor of educational psychology at this historical juncture. Featuring a collection of renowned international authors, this text will appeal to scholars across the globe. The Educational Psychology Reader is an ideal choice as either the primary or supplemental text for both undergraduate and graduate level educational psychology courses.
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37. An Introductory Argot of Gifted Education

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CHAPTER THIRTY-SEVEN

An Introductory Argot of Gifted Education

David M. Monetti, James A. Reffel, & Jennifer E. Breneiser



A generation ago, there was a young girl who grew up in a small apartment on the South Side of Chicago. The South Side is known for the economic challenges that many of its inhabitants face. Like many others, this girl and her family faced significant hardship. However, she also had advantages that helped her to be successful. First, she was from a loving and supportive family. Second, this girl had the opportunity to participate in her school’s gifted program (Biography Channel, 2013). Have you started hypothesizing about this girl whose family support and participation in gifted curriculum played a role in her eventual success? If you guessed First Lady Michelle Obama, you were correct.

Many students view gifted and talented educational programs as elitist or exclusionary enterprises. However, it would be more accurate to interpret these programs as serving a population of students who have special needs, which are typically not emphasized in standard school settings. Gifted and talented students, like Michelle Obama, have learning needs, which go above and beyond what is routinely offered in school. Thus, educators with gifted and talented students have huge responsibilities; individuals from this population, like Steve Jobs, have the potential to drive innovation, future prosperity, and developments that make the world safer, more interesting, and healthier.

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