Gifted Education in Asia

Problems and Prospects

Edited by:
David Yun Dai, SUNY– Albany
Ching Chih Kuo, National Taiwan Normal University

A volume in the series: Chinese American Educational Research and Development Association Book Series. Editor(s): Guofang Wan, University of West Florida.

Published 2015

The book “Gifted Education in Asia: Problems and Prospects” is the first of its kind in terms of providing a critical assessment of the state of gifted education in nine representative countries or regions in Asia (Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mainland China, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Turkey), five commentaries that put gifted education in a global context, and a conclusion chapter that provides a long‐term projection of future developments in gifted education in an information age and knowledge economy in the 21st century, and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead for Asian countries. As Asia has become an economic powerhouse globally, and its education has also gained global attention (e.g., its stellar performance in international comparisons such as PISA), gifted education gearing toward the cultivation of the most precious human capital gains added importance.

Authors of the 15‐Chapter volume come from Asia, Europe, and North America, and they represent top experts in the field of education. The book is an authoritative source of knowledge for anyone interested in gifted education, talent development, and creativity in this region. Policy makers, business and school leaders, teachers, educational researchers, and parents will find this book informative and thought‐provoking.

CONTENTS
Introduction: State of Gifted Education in Asia: The Need for a Critical Assessment, David Yun Dai and Ching Chih Kuo. PART I: CRITICAL ASSESSMENT OF GIFTED EDUCATION IN REPRESENTATIVE NATIONS AND REGIONS. The Long View of Gifted Education in Hong Kong, 1990–2015 and Beyond, Stephen D. Tommis. Gifted and Talented Education in Taiwan: A 40‐Year Journey, Wu‐Tien Wu and Yi‐Lung Kuo. Gifted Education in Mainland China: How It Serves a National Interest and Where It Falls Short, David Yun Dai, Saiying Steenbergen‐Hu, and Yang Yang. Gifted Education in Singapore, Maureen Neihart and Liang See Tan. Gifted Education in the Republic of Korea: Nurturing Creativity of the STEM Talented Students, Seokhee Cho and Jaeboon Lee. Virtual Gifted Education in Japan, Nobutaka Matsumura. A Critical Assessment of Gifted Education in India, Paromita Roy and Anitha Kurup. A Critical Assessment of the Education for Gifted and Talented Students in Turkey, Ugur Sak, Bahadır Ayas, Bilge Bal‐Sezerel, Ercan Öpengin, N. Nazlı, Özdemir, and Şule Demirel‐Gürbüz. Gifted Education in Saudi Arabia: A Review, Abdullah Aljughaiman, Mohammad Nofal, and Sascha Hein. PART II COMMENTARIES: GIFTED EDUCATION IN ASIA IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT Lessons in Gifted Education From Asia, Shane N. Phillipson and Sivanes Phillipson. Cultural Variations in Ideas of Gifts and Talents With Special Regard to the Eastern and Western Worlds, Joan Freeman. The Science and Education of the Individual: Gifted Education for All, Yong Zhao. Embracing Education for All Creatively: A Commentary on Gifted Education in East Asia, Ai‐Girl Tan. Gifted Education in Modern Asia: Analyses From a Systemic Perspective, Wilma Vialle and Albert Ziegler. PART III CONCLUSION Looking Back to the Future: Toward a New Era of Gifted Education, David Yun Dai.