There is no methodological agreement in gifted education about what criteria make a practice best. The range of specific practices that might be considered for the rank of “best” is large. In Recommended Practices in Gifted Education: A Critical Analysis (1991), Bruce M. Shore, Dewey G. Cornell, Ann Robinson, and Virgil S. Ward identified an initial list of 120 practices that they distilled to 101; that list has likely grown somewhat in the 2 decades since that volume was assembled. It was based on a deliberate decision to search for recommended practices in the book and textbook literature on giftedness and gifted education, and then to search the journal and related literature for supporting and challenging literature. An important conclusion was that practices that are ...

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