Dr. Frances A. Karnes, director of the Center for Gifted Studies
at The University of Southern Mississippi, and one of her former
students, Dr. Stephanie Nugent, have co-edited Profiles of Influence
in Gifted Education: Historical Perspectives and Future Directions.
is a long-overdue compendium of the major accomplishments of those
who have made foremost contributions to the field of gifted education,"
said Dr. Karnes. "Parents, all members of the education community,
and all citizens concerned about the future of our great nation
will find this book a necessary and valuable resource."
The book offers
professionals and others interested in the field of gifted education
a valuable retrospective of the field. Through individual profiles,
more than 50 of the field's most influential leaders share their
perceptions and insights of where gifted education has been and
where it is going. Each profile provides contact information, professional
background, significant contributions to and publications in the
field, the people who have influenced their careers, perceptions
of critical events in gifted education, and opinions on future changes
necessary to sustain the field.
of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the National Association
for Gifted Children, the book was recently released by Prufrock
also serves as a professor in the Southern Miss Department of Curriculum,
Instruction, and Special Education in the College of Education and
Psychology. Dr. Nugent is assistant professor of Secondary Education
at the University of Arizona-South.
book provides a forum for those leaders (in gifted education) to
identify trends in the field and indicate areas that must be addressed
if gifted education is to remain viable into the 21st century,"
a historical overview in the form of a timeline, this book contains
narrative summaries of both the critical events identified and needed
changes suggested in the individual profiles. In addition, profiles
of the major organizations and associations supporting gifted education
represents the 19th book for Dr. Karnes. Dr. Nugent was a doctoral
student in gifted education and graduated from Southern Miss in