Gifted and Talented Education
Office: DKSN 419G
Office Phone: 501.569.3428
Ann Robinson is Professor of Education and founding Director of the Center for Gifted Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is a former editor of the Gifted Child Quarterly, serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Gifted Children as the Current President 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, â€śThe National Study of State and Local Advocacy in Gifted Education.â€ť 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 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 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 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 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.
In 2006, her text, Best Practices in Gifted Education: An Evidence-based Guide was published with co-authors Bruce Shore and Donna Enersen. As a service publication of the National Association for Gifted Children, the guide summarizes 29 practices with research support for use with high ability learners. Over half of them are instructional and curricular practices and include content specific pedagogy in reading, language arts, history, inquiry-based science, mathematics, the arts, and career education.
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.