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Off the Charts: Asynchrony and the Gifted Child
Off the Charts is an in-depth exploration of the effects of asynchronous (uneven) development on gifted children and adults. It is an important resource for parents, teachers, counselors, and others concerned with the optimal development of gifted to highly gifted individuals.
WINNER OF THE LEGACY BOOK AWARD FOR SCHOLARS*
This is the first publication of the Columbus Group, which in February of 2014 held its first publicly-shared gathering in Albuquerque, New Mexico—a special event for the participants. Off the Charts is the most original and important publication on giftedness to appear in many years.
The editors have brought together nineteen essays by renowned gifted education specialists (see below for the full list) to produce this important publication.
Off the Charts is an exploration of the effects of asynchronous development on gifted children and adults. It contains sections on Asynchrony and the Individual, Asynchrony and the Family, and Asynchrony and Learning. Chapters describe the nature of asynchrony, methods of dealing with the challenges of asynchrony, and recommendations for adapting education in a variety of settings.
The contributors’ contention is that gifted education should be from a child-centered perspective, rather than from a “product perspective,” in which the emphasis is on achievement, competition, and outer recognition. The child-centered approach concentrates on self-development and personal growth and fosters interrelatedness and wholeness. This is an important resource for parents, teachers, counselors, and others concerned with the optimal development of gifted to highly gifted individuals.
The book is dedicated to Annemarie Roeper (1918-2012), who before she died contributed a chapter. From the introduction: “Unusual intelligence, when understood, accepted, supported, allowed, and even celebrated, can lead, as it did for Annemarie, to a life experience of passion, accomplishment, service to the world, and deep personal meaning.”
Fiedler, Ellen D.; Gallagher, Shelagh A.; Gatto-Walden, Patricia; Hutton, Barbara Mitchell; Kane, Michele; Kearney, Kathi; Lovecky, Deirdre V.; Meckstroth, Elizabeth A.; Neville, Christine S.; Piechowski, Michael M.; Roeper, Annemarie; Silverman, Linda Kreger; Tolan, Stephanie S.; and Wasserman, John D.
* The Legacy Book® Awards, a service from the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT), honor outstanding books published in the United States that have long-term potential for positively influencing the lives of gifted individuals and contribute to the understanding, well-being, education, and success of gifted and talented students. The Scholar category guides graduate students or advanced educators to understand and expand upon the latest research on giftedness and G/T education.
“Off the Charts by the ‘mythical’ and illustrious Columbus Group is an excellent book for parents, teachers, counselors, and others concerned with the optimal development of gifted to profoundly gifted individuals…. [It] will quickly top the chart of must-reads for parents and professionals alike.” – Gifted Homeschoolers’ Forum