Aren’t “Gifted” and “Talented” the Same Thing?: Moving from Gifted Education to Talent Development

Colloquium | April 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1215 (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Frank C. Worrell, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

 Graduate School of Education

The concept of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) is typically used to refer to students with disabilities in need of special education and this interpretation of FAPE is the basis of special education law. However, every student is entitled to a free appropriate public education, including students who are at the upper end of the achievement distribution. FAPE is also in keeping with the view of giftedness as the outcome of a talent development process rather than the manifestation of a trait. In this presentation, I review the major conceptualizations in gifted education, including the reconceptualization of gifted education as talent development. I also discuss the key elements that are needed to develop potential into domain-specific talent, drawing from research in a variety of domains.

About the Speaker. Frank C. Worrell is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he serves as Faculty Director of the School Psychology Program, the Academic Talent Development Program, and the California College Preparatory Academy. He also holds an affiliate appointment in the Social and Personality Area in the Department of Psychology. His areas of expertise include at-risk youth, cultural identities, gifted education and talent development, scale development, time perspective, and the translation of psychological research findings into school-based practice.

Dr. Worrell served as Co-Editor of Review of Educational Research from 2012 to 2014 and as Editor of that journal for 2015 to 2016, and was a Member at Large on the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association from 2016 to 2018. He is a Fellow the American Educational Research Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and five divisions of APA. He is an elected member of the Society for the Study of School Psychology and the National Academy of Education. In 2013, Dr. Worrell was a recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children. He was also a 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Contributions to Research Award from the Division 45 – the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race – of APA, a 2018 recipient of the Outstanding International Psychologist Award from Division 52 (International Psychology) of APA, and the 2019 recipient of the Palmarium Award in Gifted Education.

Dr. Worrell has ongoing research collaborations in China, Ethiopia, Germany, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.