Educating Gifted and Talented Children – Turning Research Into Practice

Dr. Ching-Chih Kuo

Gifted brains: Studies of Gender Differences

Dr. Ching-Chih Kuo, Taiwan

This talk will introduce the findings in neuroscience with mathematically and scientifically talented students (MST) in Taiwan. The speaker has chaired a series of research studies from 2006 to 2014, including comparing brain structural differences, brain activation differences on numerical, figural, working memory, and emotional tasks between MST students and their typically developing (TD) peers. Sex differences were found in brain structural and functional tasks. Since the gifted females in this study demonstrated similar levels of math and science achievement as the gifted males, it is essential that the teacher exhibits positive expectations towards all gifted females to develop their mathematical and scientific skills, and understanding such expectations can contribute to increases in student achievement. Knowledge generated by the research mentioned above on mathematically and scientifically talented students has significantly advanced the understanding of their social and neuropsychological characteristics.


Dr. Ching-Chih Kuo is the Professor of Special Education at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). She has received two masters’ degrees from NTNU and University of Pittsburgh from 1983 to 1986 and her Ph.D. in gifted education, guidance and counseling in 1992. She has been involved in gifted and talented education for 35 years. Her publications and interests include classroom practice and effective pedagogies, cognitive development of children with special needs, assessment and identification of gifted students, counseling for gifted females, preschool gifted education, and the brain and learning. Dr. Kuo’s current research focuses on neuropsychological and imaging studies of gifted students, policy development in gifted education, and a program for gifted and talented university students.

Dr. Kuo has actively collaborated with government agencies and organizations to explore new ways of enhancing support for the gifted. She has been a member of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC) since 1987 and serves as a delegate since 2000. Dr. Kuo is a frequent participant of WCGTC and APCG events, serving as the Taiwan group leader for many times to attend gifted conferences in Bangkok, Daejeon, New Orleans, Warwick, Singapore, Vancouver, Sydney, and Kentucky. Now she is serving her second term as Vice-President of the Asia-Pacific Federation on Giftedness Limited, an affiliation to the WCGTC, which she was first elected to in 2004. Dr. Kuo also currently serves on the advisory boards of the CAGE, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Program for the Gifted and Talented by the Po Leung Kuk.