History of Gifted Education

important events and people who have impacted gifted education

This timeline shows some events and people that have impacted education, and gifted education in particular. It is a work in progress--not all important events and people are included, yet...;xNLx;The colored bands reflect the categories, which you can see listed on the top left of the page. If you click on any entry, you can find out more about it.;xNLx;The years are across the bottom, and you can advance by using the arrows on your keyboard.;xNLx;The little wrench in the bottom on the right allows you to search for certain items by title or category or to view only certain categories of items at a time. ;xNLx;The little 2D in the bottom left of the screen allows you to view the timeline in 2 dimensions.

The Torrance Center UGA

The University of Georgia College of Education created a service, research, and instructional center concerned with the identification and development of creative potential and with gifted and future studies named in honor of E. Paul Torrance.

Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences

Howard Gardner proposed this theory in his book "Frames of the Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences". He suggests eight different intelligences: musical-rhythmic, visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic.

Cardinal Principles of Secondary Education

These principles established that high schools should create separate courses of study for college preparatory and vocational interests

Rapid advancement classes: NY

beginning of special progress classes; junior high could complete three years work in two years


Some form of tracking for instruction was begun in schools in the late 1800s in Elizabeth, NJ, Cambridge, MA, and Santa Barbara, CA (Click on the map to see places marked)

Lewis Terman

Adapted Binet's test for students in the U.S. and published it as the Stanford Revision of the Binet-Simon Scale (he was at Stanford University). It was later called the Stanford-Binet.

Schools for high IQ children

schools selecting by mental ability tests were created in Louisville, KY; New York City; Urbana, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Berkley, California

Alfred Binet

1905 Paris, France: Alfred Binet and his colleague, Theodore Simon, created the first lasting intelligence test to predict which youngsters would succeed in the primary grades

Leta Hollingworth

experimental classes for gifted children at P. S. 165 and studies of the highly gifted

St. Louis Plan, MO

William Torrey Harris, superintendent of public schools for St. Louis, institutes the earliest systematic efforts in public schools to educate gifted students: The St. Louis Plan: flexible promotion in the St. Louis schools.

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