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ERIC Number: EJ1049845
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0261-4294
A Reflective Conversation with Deborah Ruf, President of Talentigniter, USA
Shaughnessy, Michael F.; Ruf, Deborah
Gifted Education International, v31 n1 p63-72 Jan 2015
This article is an interview with award-winning author and gifted children consultant, Deborah Ruf, PhD. In the interview, Ruf emphasizes the importance of parental planning for gifted children's growth and development. She speaks to children's social, emotional, and cognitive abilities and needs as factors in developing a balanced plan. She explains IQ tests and what they mean, discusses the role of mentors, access to true peers, and the importance of the arts and experiences outside of the classroom to augment children's development. Ruf explains that the pace and depth of daily learning experiences need to be matched to the child's ability and interests. She talks of her personal experience as a parent and teacher which guided her professional development and formed her perspectives. Ruf tells parents how to notice children's reactions to their experiences and provides parenting tips on how to use this information to provide appropriate support and guidance. She discusses her book, 5 Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options, her consultancy, Educational Options, her online business, Talent Igniter, and suggests additional references for parents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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