Able, Gifted and Talented Underachievers. 2nd Edition

  • ID: 2382987
  • Book
  • 370 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Able, Gifted and Talented Underachievers, Second Edition explains the origins of underachievement, both overt and covert, especially in more able learners. It provides a model that identifies a range of external and internal factors that work in concert to lower achievement. Formal tests identify some underachievers but more than two–thirds remain unidentified and other strategies are needed, in particular cognitive–based curriculum challenge and performance–based realistic assessment. Underachievement may also be masked by learning disabilities and socio–emotional and behavioural difficulties. All of these can form barriers to learning that can be overcome with appropriate teaching and learning strategies. These problems and relevant strategies for intervention are explained in the book.

Research underpinning identification, intervention and remediation is detailed, including recent research by Diane Montgomery to show the current nature and range of the problems in ordinary schools. The final chapters contain case material from schools that have been proved successful in lifting underachievement and shows how they have succeeded. This is entirely new material based upon research undertaken for NACE/London Gifted and Talented led by Belle Wallace.

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Preface vii

Biographies xi

I THE NATURE AND IDENTIFICATION OF UNDERACHIEVEMENT AND THE GENERAL PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES IN RAISING ACHIEVEMENT

1 Why Do the Gifted and Talented Underachieve? How Can Masked and Hidden Talents Be Revealed? 3Diane Montgomery

2 Literacy, Flexible Thinking and Underachievement 41Joan Freeman

3 What Do We Mean by an ‘Enabling Curriculum’ That Raises Achievement for All Learners? An Examination of the TASC Problem–Solving Framework: Thinking Actively in a Social Context 59Belle Wallace

4 How Can Inclusive and Inclusional Understandings of Gifts/Talents Be Developed Educationally? 85Jack Whitehead and Marie Huxtable

5 Effective Teaching and Learning to Combat Underachievement 111Diane Montgomery

6 Changing the Teaching for the Underachieving Able Child: The Ruyton School Experience 155Lee Wills and John Munro

II IDENTIFYING AND MAKING PROVISION FOR DIFFERENT GROUPS OF UNDERACHIEVERS

7 Understanding and Overcoming Underachievement in Women and Girls – A Reprise 185Carrie Winstanley

8 Understanding and Overcoming Underachievement in Boys 201Barry Hymer

9 Improving the Quality of Identification, Provision and Support for Gifted and Talented Learners from
Under–Represented Communities through PartnershipWorking 219Ian Warwick

10 Gifted and Talented Children with Special Educational Needs – Underachievement in Dual and Multiple Exceptionality 265Diane Montgomery

11 Using Assistive Technologies to Address theWritten Expression Needs of the Twice–exceptional Student 303William F. Morrison, Tara Jeffs and Mary G. Rizza

12 Case Studies of Three Schools TacklingUnderachievement 327Diane Montgomery

Index 345

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Professor Diane Montgomery, PhD, is emeritus professor in Education at Middlesex University, London. She is a qualified and experienced teacher and teacher educator. Her doctorate was in improving teaching and learning, and she is a chartered psychologist specializing in research on giftedness and learning difficulties. She authored and ran three distance education MA programmes for Middlesex where she was formerly Dean of Faculty of Education and Performing Arts and Head of the School of Education.

She writes MA Gifted Education, MA SEN, and MA SpLD (Dyslexia) programmes and runs the Learning Difficulties Research Project from her home in Essex. She has written more than 20 books and many articles on a range of education topics. She lectures nationally and internationally.

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