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UI professor's text on gifted education updated

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The latest edition of one of the leading textbooks on gifted education, co-edited by Nicholas Colangelo of the University of Iowa, has been expanded to include several new chapters and information to update scholars, teachers and school administrators on a rapidly changing field.

The second edition of "Handbook of Gifted Education," (Allyn and Bacon, 1997) contains 44 chapters, including 13 new chapters, by some of the leading scholars in gifted education. Chapters explore current issues such as giftedness and genetics, identification of gifted children, counseling issues, international programs and a range of other topics.

The "Handbook" is edited by Colangelo, the Myron and Jacqueline Blank Professor of Gifted Education and director of the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development in the UI College of Education. Co-editor is Gary A. Davis, professor emeritus of educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

In a new forward, Julian Stanley of Johns Hopkins University, one of the pioneers of modern gifted education programs, says the new "Handbook" will "substantially improve the breadth and depth of [gifted-child specialists'] knowledge" and will also enlighten the lay reader.

"Teachers of future teachers of the gifted will find it a comprehensive textbook," Stanley says. "Graduate students involved with giftedness, talent, creativity, problem solving, and high achievement should consult it often. School administrators and educational policy makers need its information and wisdom. Parents of the gifted and gifted persons themselves should scan its pages for stimulating ideas. Even the intelligent general reader can find much enlightenment here."

"Handbook of Gifted Education" is available from Allyn and Bacon publishing company, 160 Gould St., Needham Heights, Mass. 02194-2310.