Gifted and Talented Education
Office: DKSN 419G
Office Phone: 501.569.3428
Ann Robinson is Professor of Educational Psychology and founding Director of the Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is a former editor of the Gifted Child Quarterly, served as the Past President of the National Association for Gifted Children and Distinguished Scholar, and received the Early Leader, the Early Scholar, and the Distinguished Service Awards from the Association. In 2004, she and co-author Sidney Moon received the Gifted Child Quarterly Paper Year Award for a qualitative study, “The National Study of State and Local Advocacy in Gifted Education.” With Shore, Cornell and Ward, Ann co-authored Recommended Practices in Gifted Education: A Critical Analysis which was identified as one of the 50 most influential works in Gifted Education by the Research and Evaluation Division of the National Association for Gifted Children. She was a charter board member of the Special Interest Group on Giftedness, Creativity and Talent of the American Educational Research Association. In 2000, Ann was recognized as the Purdue University Alumna of Distinction for the College of Education. Her own institution honored her with the University Award of Faculty Excellence in Research in 1999 and in 2012 and the University of Award for Public Service in 2001. Ann is the Past President of the Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education, the Past President of the Arkansas Association of Gifted Education Administrators, and is active in advocacy at the state and national levels. She was honored by the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library for her public service to Arkansas and was named “A Visionary” by The Arkansas Times in 2013. She has held visiting appointments at Cambridge University, at Brunel University near London at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
As a former classroom teacher, Ann is interested in what works in curriculum, assessment and instruction for high ability learners, the role of the talented child in cooperative learning groups, the development and evaluation of teacher preparation and professional development programs, program evaluation in gifted education, and research-based best practices for high ability learners.
Her text, Best Practices in Gifted Education: An Evidence-based Guide was published with co-authors Bruce Shore and Donna Enersen and received the Texas Legacy Award. Her most recent book is A Century of Contributions in Gifted Education: Illuminating Lives.
Ann is an enthusiastic reader of biographies, recommends them as a strategy for differentiating the curriculum for high ability learners, and has designed a series of instructional guides, Blueprints for Biography’s for classroom teachers keyed to trade book biographies. The guides focus on instructional strategies in reading, language arts, and social studies to promote higher level thinking, talent development, and interest-based investigations.
Correspondence should be addressed to Ann Robinson, Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education, SUA Room 101, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 South University, Little Rock, AR 72204.