Psychological Research on and Education of Gifted and Talented Children in China


By Jung Pao

Psychological Research on and Education of Gifted and Talented Children in China appeared in the International Handbook of Giftedness and Talent, 2nd Edition by Kurt A. Heller et al published by Pergamon (ISBN: 0-08-043796-6) in 2000. The article was written by two of the leading researchers on gifted education at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. In the article, Prof. Jiannong Shi and Zixiu Zha gave a historic perspective on the Chinese examination system and an overview of how gifted education was implemented in modern China.

Using a comparative approach, Shi and Zha reviewed the work in this field in Hong Kong and the Mainland in such areas as conceptions of giftedness, identification of the gifted, research on the gifted, and education of the gifted. Issues regarding further research and education of the gifted were discussed and directions explored. The one and half page long references included at the end of the paper might be worth looking at because it has pretty extensive coverage of the work the authors have done in China in this field, compared to relatively little mention of the popular frameworks prevalent in the U.S.