The Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI), located within the College of Education on the Purdue University campus, is a comprehensive gifted education center. The mission of GERI is to further the development of gifts and talents in individuals throughout their life spans. This is accomplished through enrichment programs for gifted youth, graduate programs for future scholars and leaders, professional development and coursework for educators of gifted students, and ongoing research on the psychology of talent development, described in this entry.


The roots of gifted education at Purdue University began in the mid-1950s, when Harriet O'Shea, a Purdue psychology professor (1931–1964), developed and taught Psychology of the Intellectually Gifted Child (PSY 544), in which students studied aspects of intellectually gifted children and explored ways to meet their ...

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