The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education is a unique series of monographs authored by the foremost authorities in the field of gifted education. Each entry in the series focuses on a pertinent topic and offers teachers, administrators, parents and other interested parties up-to-date instructional techniques and information.
Although gifted students are not normally considered at risk for academic failure, the seeming lack of motivation of many academically gifted students is a continuing area of concern and frustration for many teachers and parents. Del Siegle and D. Betsy McCoach explore crucial issues such as why some students who seem capable of outstanding performance fail to realise their potential and what causes some gifted students to be more motivated than others. They also offer research-based strategies educators and parents can implement to motivate students to achieve academically. They argue that, with a concerted effort, educators and parents can help students to see that what they are doing serves a purpose, to believe they have the skills to perform well, to trust that their environment will encourage productivity and to set realistic expectations for themselves, thus keeping them motivated to achieve.
Del Siegle is an associate professor in gifted and talented education in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, US.
D. Betsy McCoach is an assistant professor in the Education Psychology Department at the University of Connecticut, US.