Today I recieved from my publisher, Nova Science Publishers in USA an email. They sent me the book review to my book; Creativity in Gifted Children. The review was from Mrs. Jackie Drummer.
Who is Jackie Drummer?
Jackie Drummer is one the most passionate gifted educator that I have met in my life. I met her and her husband years ago at a conference in Warwick, UK. She always supported me and answered my questions about gifted education. I feel so good to call her my friend.
Jacquelyn Drummer, B.A., M.S., is a national consultant in gifted education. She has served as the President of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted, and is a nationally certified SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted) facilitator and trainer. Jacquelyn has spent over four decades teaching gifted kids, educators, and parents. She is known for her compassion, creativity, practicality, and wicked sense of humor. In her spare time, she can be found reading, writing, traveling, playing with her four grandchildren, and making beautiful music with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
BOOK REVIEW Creativity in Gifted Children
Editor: Roya Klingner (The Global Center for Gifted and Talented Children, Munich, Germany)
As a gifted and talented coordinator and resource specialist for over four decades, it is with great pleasure that I recommend the book, Creativity in Gifted Children edited by Roya Klingner of the Global Center for Gifted and Talented Children in Munich, Germany. Gifted education has long sought to identify, quantify, and edify tools and strategies to deal with intellectual and academic talents in children and young adults. However, many of the other arguable areas of giftedness – leadership, the visual and performing arts, and creativity (to name a few) have not had as much serious scrutiny. This book seeks to remedy this, and to offer historical, present-day, and futuristic strategies and tools to identify and develop the talents of creatively gifted children and young adults. From a historical perspective, many of the tried-and-true theories and techniques utilized in identifying and developing creativity were re-explored in various chapters of this book. Citing Czikszentmihaly, deBono, Treffinger, Renzulli, Sternberg and Borland, among others, the authors anchored some of the present day theorists by paying homage to the great thinkers of the past. Whether describing creative endeavors as “little c” (day-to-day creative expressions) or “big C” (creativity which is oriented towards eminence or expertise in a particular field), grounding creativity as a “goal-oriented process with a highly practical value,” as “domain-specific or general-specific,” the question remains — now that we’ve found it (creativity), what do we do with it? Several of the chapters dealt with some specific implications for creativity in the 21st century. For example, some authors suggested that creativity in STEM fields — (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) — is enhanced by adding the arts, creating a STEAM-centric curriculum. The arts add an expressive outlet for emotion and aesthetics, and can be used to enhance a problem and product orientation of creativity. Another promising 21st century practice is to incorporate mindfulness as a tool to enhance creativity. The rapidly growing field of brain research is transforming the way we think about learning, and creativity will benefit from our new knowledge. Finally, the implications for creativity in an increasingly connected online world are endless. Connected knowledge, research, hypothesis, experimentation, vetting and celebration – all of these promise a global explosion of creativity that is no longer bound by time and space. Ironically, this compilation of readings on creativity began with the assertion that creativity itself needs time (intense periods and quiet interludes) and various safe spaces to grow. Perhaps our new understandings and this emerging “nearly now” online environment (Ken Kay, British learning technology consultant, EdLeader21) have found the perfect fertile ground for a new frontier in creativity? The contributors and editors of this book, Creativity in Gifted Children, have created significant food for thought, and a yearning for the future.
Jacquelyn Drummer, B.A., M.S., a national consultant in gifted education
Thank you dear Jackie!