This volume, much like its companion text Cognition in Special
Children, focuses on intellectual and motivational processes that
characterize individuals at the extremes of human talent. The aim
is to understand more about exceptional children: how they are like
and unlike other children, and what intellectual and motivational
processes best explain their delayed or accelerated performance.
The link between exceptionality and intelligence is examined from
three perspectives: the role of intelligence theories and tests in
the diagnosis and classification of retarded, learning disabled,
and gifted children and adolescents; the use of intelligence theory
to guide educational programming; and the importance of special
populations for constructing, revising, and assessing new models of
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