International Handbook on Giftedness

  • Larisa V. Shavinina

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-LIX
  2. Introduction

  3. The Nature of Giftedness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Heidrun Stoeger
      Pages 17-38
    3. Janet E. Davidson
      Pages 81-97
    4. Linda Kreger Silverman, Nancy B. Miller
      Pages 99-128
    5. K. Anders Ericsson, Kiruthiga Nandagopal, Roy W. Roring
      Pages 129-153
    6. FranÇoys Gagné
      Pages 155-204
    7. Nancy B. Hertzog
      Pages 205-214
  4. The Neuropsychology of Giftedness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
    2. M. Layne Kalbfleisch
      Pages 275-293
  5. Developmental and Cognitive Foundations of Giftedness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317
    2. Christoph Perleth, Annett Wilde
      Pages 319-335

About this book


This Handbook is the most comprehensive and authoritative account available on what giftedness is, how it is measured, how it develops, and how it affects individuals and societies. Leading specialists from around the world analyze the multifaceted nature of giftedness, its types, its specificity in various domains and contexts, societal demands on it, its relationship to economy, recent advances and innovations in gifted education, and future trends.

The Handbook goes beyond the existing handbooks: it analyzes, integrates, and presents research on giftedness that has not been considered elsewhere (e.g., neuropsychology of giftedness, talent in cinema, managerial talent). It discusses the latest advances in the fast-developing areas of giftedness research and practice (e.g., gifted education and policy implications). It presents fresh ideas (e.g., polymathy and entrepreneurial giftedness), which will galvanize and guide the study of giftedness for the future.

"This definitive handbook has collected an assemblage of the best scholars and practitioners in the field. It will be a necessary reference for all in the gifted field." Robert J. Sternberg, Tufts University, USA

"This is an ambitious book. Complex theoretical pieces as well as straightforward discussions of educational practices are evident. The International Handbook on Giftedness belongs in one’s personal library." Laurence J. Coleman, Daso Herb Chair in Gifted Studies, University of Toledo, USA

"This new and comprehensive International Handbook provides a valuable complement to the existing literature in several ways. It updates research summaries with new material of the current decade, particularly welcome in those few areas in which the field has perceptibly moved forward, such as neuropsychology and the provision of on-line resources. It re-examines conceptions of giftedness, with an emphasis on lifespan development. It provides fresh looks at a variety of domains, several of them previously neglected in the standard literature on giftedness, such as talent in cinema, entrepreneurial giftedness, computer technology, managerial talent, and children's inventions of imaginary worlds. Finally, it describes the impact of giftedness on society and the economy and encourages revision of strategies and policies that impact gifted individuals all over the globe. Every reader will find familiar and unfamiliar territory here." Nancy M. Robinson, Professor Emerita of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, USA


Creativity Education Gender Gifted Education Giftedness Leadership Motivation Social Science Society Talent business development developmental psychology intelligence neuropsychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Larisa V. Shavinina
    • 1
  1. 1.Département des sciences administratives Pavillon Lucien-BraultUniversité du Québec en OutaouaisGatineauCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-6161-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-6162-2
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