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An Evaluation (and Vindication?) of Lewis Terman: What the Father of Gifted Education Can Teach Us Today

Saturday, November 11
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 209 A

Lewis Terman is widely seen as the "father of gifted education." Terman's "mixed legacy" includes the earliest discussions of gifted identification, curriculum, ability grouping, acceleration, and more. However, since the 1950's, Terman has been viewed as a sloppy thinker at best and racist, sexist, and/or classist at worst. This presentation discusses Terman's contributions and also shows that some criticisms of Terman are groundless. Indeed, Terman's biggest intellectual error was adopting strong positions before the existing data could justify them. Yet, 21st century research supports many of Terman's ideas.

Russell T. Warne

Associate professor of psychology
Utah Valley University

Dr. Russell T. Warne is an associate professor of psychology at the Department of Behavioral Science at Utah Valley University. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 2011 with his PhD in educational psychology with an emphasis in research, measurement, and statistics. His substantive interests are in giftedness, advanced academics, and human intelligence. He has published over 40 articles in professional journals and is the author of "Statistics for the Social Sciences: A General Linear Model Framework," a new statistics textbook published in 2017 by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Warne has won multiple awards from NAGC, the most recent being the 2014 Paper of the Year in Gifted Child Quarterly.

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