Educating Gifted and Talented Children – Turning Research Into Practice

Dr. Jonathan Plucker


Prof. Jonathan Plucker

Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education: What the Research Says

Gifted education has a rich history and a solid if uneven research base. As policymakers and educators around the globe increasingly turn their attention to advanced students and educational excellence, the time is ripe for a dispassionate analysis of the field’s conceptual and empirical strengths and weaknesses. The purpose of this session is to share the results of two recent reviews of both basic and applied scholarship on giftedness, gifted education, and talent development. Specifically, Prof. Plucker will highlight advances in theories and research, note several promising areas for additional research, and propose next steps for improving the quality and utility of conceptual and empirical work in these important areas.


Jonathan Plucker is Raymond Neag Endowed Professor of Education at the University of Connecticut, where he teaches in the Educational Psychology and Educational Leadership programs. Prof. Plucker is best known for his work studying excellence gaps, the development and assessment of 21st century skills, and the development of new ways to teach students to be more creative and innovative. A former high school chemistry teacher and elementary school gifted education teacher, he has received numerous honors for his work, including distinguished scholar awards from the National Association for Gifted Children and American Psychological Association. His work is widely mentioned in the media, including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Washington Post, and Newsweek.