Current Research

The Center for Gifted Education conducts research to contribute to the knowledge base regarding gifted education and gifted learners. Each of the Center's Directors has expertise in research related to talent, professional, or curriculum development or in the psychology of gifted students. At any time, numerous research-related activities are ongoing.

Journal for the Education of the Gifted

The Center plays an important role in disseminating information about research to the field. Since 2005, Dr. Tracy L. Cross has been the Editor of the Journal for the Education of the Gifted, the research publication of The Association for the Gifted, a special interest group within the Council for Exceptional Children. The management of the journal occurs at the Center for Gifted Education, where Dr. Jennifer H. Robins serves as Managing Editor. To submit a manuscript for review, please visit If you are interested in serving as a reviewer for JEG, please send a description of your areas of specialization, along with your CV, to [[cfge, Dr. Jennifer H. Robins]].

Handbook for Counselors Serving Students With Gifts and Talents: Development, Relationships, School Issues, and Counseling Needs/Interventions

Dr. Tracy L. Cross and Dr. Jennifer Riedl Cross are editors of this book describing various aspects of the lives of gifted students. Counselors and those interested in learning about students with gifts and talents will find a wealth of information in the handbook, which includes chapters on Theoretical Foundations and Conceptions of Giftedness, Special Populations, Developmental Issues, Relationships, School-Related Issues, and Counseling Needs and Interventions. This book is a superb resource for a broad audience of counselors, educators, researchers, and parents. It is available from Prufrock Press

Hadar Netz, Fulbright Scholar

During the 2010–2011 academic year, Dr. Hadar Netz, a linguist from Haifa, Israel, came to work with us at the Center for Gifted Education to pursue her study of the classroom discourse of gifted pupils. Dr. Netz has developed the first corpus of gifted classrooms that will be available for future study. If you are interested in conducting analysis of Dr. Netz’s corpus, please contact [[jrcross, Dr. Jennifer Riedl Cross]].

Secondary School Social Environment Exploration

Dr. Jennifer Riedl Cross and Dr. Stephen Bugaj at Lockhaven University are collaborating on a study of the social environment and self-concept of secondary school students, which will shed light on the experience of gifted and nongifted students.

The Psychology of Honors College Students

The Center participates in a consortium of researchers who are working towards a better understanding of the psychology of honors college students. Data collection began in 2007, and we currently have information from more than 400 of these high-achieving young adults.

Project Civis

Currently in the second year of implementation, Project Civis is a middle school social studies research demonstration project for underachieving, promising learners. The curriculum team has developed four units of study that are being implemented in more than 50 experimental classrooms in multiple states. We hope to demonstrate how the implementation of advanced, research-based curriculum in social studies, combined with the major components of enrichment and talent development, can raise achievement and motivation levels, improve creativity and critical-thinking skills, and enhance civic awareness and involvement for underachieving, yet promising, learners in diverse settings. In addition, we expect that all learners will benefit from immersion in skills and content aligned with democratic education and the methodologies, tools, and dispositions of practicing historians and social scientists.

For more information, please visit the Project Civis website.