Dr. Ann Robinson
What Makes a Practice “Best”?
Evidence-based Recommendations in Gifted Education
Committed educators want to do what is best for our advanced learners. From every direction we are bombarded with advice about the upbringing and education of talented children and youth. How do we sort through the exhortations to find the practices that stand the test of time, the acceptance of skilled practitioners, and the scrutiny of research? Once we have applied these multiple criteria, what are key examples of practices that remain in our best practice toolbox?
Dr. Ann Robinson is Past President of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) in the USA, and a former editor of Gifted Child Quarterly. She has received the Early Leader, the Early Scholar, the Distinguished Service and Distinguished Scholar Awards from the Association. Ann is currently a Professor of Educational Psychology and Founding Director of the Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Before she began working with teachers at the university level, she taught high school English and elementary enrichment classes in grades three through six. Over the course of her academic career, Ann has secured over $20 million in external funding including three Jacob K. Javits demonstration projects in curriculum, instruction, and evaluation. She presents and consults internationally and has held visiting appointments at Wolfson College and the Cambridge Institute of Education, University of Cambridge (U.K.), University of Brunel (U.K.), Monash University (Australia), and the University of New South Wales (Australia). With Bruce Shore, she co-authored two books on practices in gifted education: Recommended Practices in Gifted Education: A Critical Analysis, Teachers College Press, and Best Practices in Gifted Education: An Evidence-based Guide, Prufrock Press. Her most recent book is A Century of Contributions to Gifted Education: Illuminating Lives for Routledge.