Conference 20192019-05-18T20:16:59+00:00

TAG Conference 2019 – Growing Gifted

Keynote Professor Don Ambrose presentation abstracts

Professor Don Ambrose will deliver 3 keynote presentations at this conference:

A variety of creative and critical thinking strategies are used throughout gifted education programs, and to some extent in general education and business and industry. These strategies have been very beneficial. But we can do more! My interdisciplinary explorations have enabled me to discover intriguing constructs in more than 25 academic disciplines and professional fields. With a little creativity, many of these concepts can be turned into new creative and critical thinking strategies. In this session we explore a collection of these strategies, considering how students and adult innovators can use them to energize their work. We look at the step-by-step implementation procedures for some of the strategies and examples of their application to various topics. We also consider the ways in which the strategies strengthen our creative and critical thinking. Here is a brief sampling of the strategies you will encounter: the invention machine, metaphorical analysis, undermining your own position, chaos-complexity-order analysis, panoramic timeline impact analysis, artistic hypothesis generators, moral-legal overlap analysis, worldview analysis, metapattern analysis, altruistic analysis, aggressive-assertive-passive analysis, macroproblem analysis, intellectual spectrum exploration, personal responsibility determination, and integrative 3D graphic models.

We hear much about the demands of the 21st-century but seldom are those messages firmly grounded in insights from multiple academic disciplines. Several large-scale interdisciplinary investigative projects recently generated a new analysis of 21st-century trends and issues and their implications for gifted education. Insufficiently understood economic, cultural, ideological, and scientific-technological trends and issues in today’s world represent both golden opportunities and daunting barriers when it comes to the aspiration growth and talent development of the gifted. In this session, implications for gifted education are derived from leading minds in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Severe socioeconomic inequality strongly suppresses and distorts the discovery of aspirations and the development of talents among the gifted.  More comprehensive understanding of this suppression and distortion is available through a wide-ranging interdisciplinary search for research findings and theories that illuminate economic, ideological-political, historical, philosophical, and psychological contextual influences on bright young people.  This theoretical synthesis draws from multiple disciplines to reveal some of these contextual influences and then provides some recommendations for ways in which educators and policymakers might attempt to counteract some of the most pernicious effects of growing inequality on the gifted.”


We are extremely excited to announce our keynote speaker for the conference

Dr. Don Ambrose

Don Ambrose, PhD, is professor of graduate education at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, USA, and editor of the Roeper Review. He serves on the editorial boards of many of the major journals in creative intelligence fields (gifted education, creativity studies, educational psychology) and for several book series. He has initiated and led numerous interdisciplinary scholarly projects involving eminent scholars from gifted education, general education, creativity studies, cognitive science, ethical philosophy, psychology, political science, economics, law, history, sociology, theoretical physics, and critical thinking.

Some of his recent books include Creative Intelligence in the 21st Century: Grappling with Enormous Problems and Huge Opportunities (with Robert J. Sternberg); Giftedness and Talent in the 21st Century: Adapting to the Turbulence of Globalization (with Robert J. Sternberg);  How Dogmatic Beliefs Harm Creativity and Higher-Level Thinking (with Robert J. Sternberg); Confronting Dogmatism in Gifted Education (with Robert J. Sternberg & Bharath Sriraman); Expanding Visions of Creative Intelligence: An Interdisciplinary Exploration; Morality, Ethics, and Gifted Minds (with Tracy L. Cross); The Roeper School: A Model for Holistic Development of High Ability (with Bharath Sriraman & Tracy L. Cross); A Critique of Creativity and Complexity: Deconstructing Clichés (with Bharath Sriraman & Kathleen Pierce); and Conceptions of Giftedness (3rd Ed.; with Robert J. Sternberg; forthcoming).

His most recent projects involve the invention of new creative and critical thinking strategies based on concepts discovered in multiple academic disciplines and professional fields. Honours include the Distinguished Scholar award from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC); Hall of Fame award from the New Jersey Association for Gifted Children; Creativity Award from the International Centre for Innovation in Education (presented in Istanbul, Turkey); selection to the Routledge/Taylor & Francis Educational Expert Panel; Outstanding Book Chapter award from the American Creativity Association; the Research Briefs article of the year award from the Research and Evaluation Division of the NAGC; the Iorio Research Prize for outstanding scholarship; and the Frank N. Elliott Award for outstanding university service. He has done invited keynote presentations throughout the world.

Debbie Youd is a registered Teacher and Psychologist, and Instructional Coach with over 35 years of experience in the areas of education and psychology in schools. She holds a Graduate Certificate of Education – Gifted Education and a Master of Education and has a long standing involvement in gifted education as a teacher and psychologist. Debbie has extensive experience in assessing, identifying, counselling and teaching gifted students, as well as delivering professional learning to schools and teachers as both a university lecturer and consultant in a number of areas related to both gifted education and education more generally. She is a parent of gifted children and has also worked extensively with parents to help provide support for their gifted children. Her specific areas of expertise include, assessing and identifying gifted children, curriculum provision and differentiation, underachievement, the social emotional development of gifted children, and learning disabled gifted students. 

Jae Yup Jung, PhD, is an associate professor in the School of Education and the Director of GERRIC at The University of New South Wales, Australia. His research program incorporates various topics relating to gifted adolescents, with a particular focus on their career-related decisions. His research has been recognized with awards from the American Educational Research Association, the Mensa Education and Research Foundation/Mensa International, and the Society for Vocational Psychology, and grants from an Australian Research Council and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is the current editor of the Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, a member of the Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Federation on Giftedness, and a member of the Council of the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented.