Talent Development and Excellence

Talent Development and Excellence is the official scholarly peer reviewed journal of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE). The articles contain original research or theory on talent development, expertise, innovation, or excellence. The Journal is currently published twice annually. All published articles are assessed by a blind refereeing process and reviewed by at least two independent referees. Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles.

Editors-in-Chief are Prof. Albert Ziegler and Prof. Jiannong Shi of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Bejing. Manuscripts can be submitted electronically to either of them or to Editor@iratde.org.


Journal issues

  1. Issue 2009/1

  2. Issue 2010/1

  3. Issue 2010/2

  4. Issue 2011/1

  5. Issue 2011/2


Contents of the issues


Issue 2009/1

  • Welcome note (Abdullah M. Aljughaiman -President-)

  • Editorial (Albert Ziegler and Jiannong Shi)

  • The Impact of Smart Fractions, Cognitive Ability of Politicians and Average Competence of Peoples on Social Development (Heiner Rindermann, Michael Sailer and James Thompson)

  • Modeling Mathematical Actiotopes: The Potential Role of CLARION (Shane N. Phillipson and Ron Sun)

  • Relative Age, Talent Identification and Youth Skill Development: Do Relatively Younger Athletes Have Superior Technical Skills? (Jörg Schorer, Joe Baker, Dirk Büsch, Andreas Wilhelm and Jan Pabst)

  • Gifted Learners’ Epistemological Beliefs (Marion Porath, Judy Lupart, Jennifer Katz, Constantine Ngara and Pamela Richardson)

  • The Leonardo Laboratory: Developing Targeted Programs for Academic Underachievers with Visual-Spatial Gifts (Tina M. Newman, William Brown, Lesley Hart, Donna Macomber, Niamh Doyle, Sergey A. Kornilov, Linda Jarvin, Robert J. Sternberg and Elena L. Grigorenko)


Issue 2010/1

  • Editorial (Albert Ziegler and Jiannong Shi)

  • Adaptations During the Acquisition of Expertise (Hans Gruber, Petra Jansen, Joerg Marienhagen and Eckart Altenmueller)

  • Speed of Expertise Acquisition Depends upon Inherited Factors (Philippe Chassy and Fernand Gobet)

  • What Does Research on Child Prodigies Tell Us About Talent Development and Expertise Acquisition? (Larisa V. Shavinina)

  • The Development and Skills of Expert Major Junior Hockey Player Agents (David J. Hancock, Diane M. Ste-Marie and Robert J. Schinke)

  • The Role and the Interplay of Classroom Goal Structures, Individual Motivation and General Intelligence for (Excellent) School Achievement in Elementary School Classrooms (Markus Dresel, Michaela Fasching, Gabriele Steuer and Valérie-D. Berner)

  • Modeling Parental Role in Academic Achievement: Comparing High Ability to Low and Average Ability Students (Sivanes Phillipson)

  • Achievement or Origin: Social Background and Ascent to Top Management (Michael Hartmann)


Issue 2010/2

  • Identification and Development of Talent in Sport – Introduction to the Special Issue (J. Baker and J. Schorer)

  • A Multi-Factorial Examination of the Development of Skill Expertise in High Performance Netball (D. Farrow)
  • The Development of Fast Bowling Experts in Australian Cricket (E. Phillips, K. Davids, I. Renshaw and M. Portus)

  • A Look Through the Rear View Mirror: Developmental Experiences and Insights of High Performance Athletes (J. P. Gulbin, K. E. Oldenziel, J. R. Weissensteiner and F. Gagné)

  • The Role of Ecological Constraints on Expertise Development (D. Araújo, C. Fonseca, K. Davids, J. Garganta, A. Volossovitch, R. Brandão and R.Krebs)

  • Relative Age and Birthplace Effects in Division 1 Players – Do They Exist in a Small Country? (R. Lidor, J. Côté, M. Arnon, A. Zeev and S. Cohen-Maoz)

  • Anthropometric, Physiological and Selection Characteristics in High Performance UK Junior Rugby League Players (K. Till, S. Cobley, J. O’Hara, C. Chapman and C. Cooke)

  • Canadian Women’s Ice Hockey – Evidence of a Relative Age Effect (P. L. Weir, K. L. Smith, C. Paterson and S. Horton)


Issue 2011/1

  • Editorial (Albert Ziegler and Jiannong Shi)

  • Academic Talent Development and the Equity Issue in Gifted Education (F. Gagné)

  • Talent Development: From Possessing Gifts, to Functional Environmental Interactions (D. Araújo and K. Davids)

  • Stability of Racial Differences in Gifted Education: The Case for Stereotype Threat (J. Baker)

  • Theory and Practice in One Conception (L. Balogh)

  • Implementation Concerns for Gagné’s Vision of Academic Talent Development (S. Cobley and J. McKenna)

  • Whose Cultural Lens? End Points, Creativity, Opportunities and Barriers (L. M. Cohen)

  • Resolving Inequity from Meritocracy in Gifted Education (L. J. Dimaano)

  • An Alternative English Perspective on Equity in Gifted Education (T. Dracup)

  • Culture Free Identification of Gifted Children: Based on Elementary Cognitive Tasks (X. Duan)

  • Reflections on a New Model Program for Academic Talent Development: Towards a Fair and Nondiscriminatory Assessment Method in Gifted Education (J. N. Fiebig)

  • A Wish for the Gifted and Talented (J. Freeman)

  • One Swallow Does Not Make a Summer: Expansions on Gagné’s Six Constituent Elements for Talent Development Programs (R. Grassinger)

  • Ethnic and Socio-Economic Discrimination – Which Prevails? (Z. C. Guenther)

  • Meritocratic Principles Are Not Enough – Ways Toward a Fair Fostering of Talent Development (B. Harder)

  • Gifted Programs Need the Option of Acceleration (A. Heinbokel)

  • Academic Talent Development for Every Talented Student (L. Hoogeveen)

  • The Neglected Gap Between Diagnosis and Implementation (E. Hotze)

  • On the Role of Basic Assumptions in the Debate on the Equity Issue in Gifted Education (B. Koichu)

  • Equality of Access in ATD Programs: The More Appropriate Method and Criteria (Q. Liu)

  • The Neglected Importance of Emotions (D. Luzzo and F. Gobet)

  • Debating the Applicability of Gagné’s Talent Development Model in the Sport Domain (D. J. MacDonald)

  • Minorities and Giftedness (L. F. Pérez and J. A. Beltrán)

  • Straight Talking Gifted and Talented Education (R. S. Persson)

  • The Environmental Impact (M. Reutlinger and K. Till)

  • Gifted-Program Provision Is at Least as Serious a Challenge as Identification (B. M. Shore)

  • Priority to Early Identification: Better Prevention than Remediation (J.-C. Terrassier)

  • Equality and Equity in Educational Systems: A Universal Problem (J. Tourón)

  • Inequity in Opportunity to Learn: A Talent Development Reality (J. VanTassel-Baska)

  • Inclusion and Differentiation for Children with High Potential (B. Wallace)

  • Where Are the Underachievers in the DMTG’s Academic Talent Development? (M. Wellisch and J. Brown)

  • Setting the Questions - Enlarging the Problem (S. Weyringer and J.-L. Patry)

  • Academic Talent Development: For All or Only Some? (D. Wood)

  • DMGT: Not the Last Straw That Breaks the Camel’s Back (J. Zhang and Y. Chu)

  • “Some” Equity Through Meritocracy: A Rejoinder to 32 Comments (F. Gagné)


Issue 2011/2

  • Discovering a Unique Talent: On the Nature of Individual Innovation Leadership (L. V. Shavinina)

  • The Center for Talented Youth Identification Model: A Review of the Literature (J. Tourón and M. Tourón)
  • Perfectionism in Chinese Elementary School Students: Validation of the Chinese Adaptive/Maladaptive Perfectionism Scale (R. W. Fong and M. Yuen)

  • Why Giftedness Coexists with Learning Disabilities: Understanding Gifted Students with Learning Disabilities(GLD) in an Integrated Model of Human Abilities (K.-H. Song and M. Porath)

  • Teachers’ Judgments of Elementary Students’ Ability, Creativity and Task Commitment (D. Urhahne)

  • Influence of the Selection Level, Age and Playing Position on Relative Age Effects in Swiss Women’s Soccer (M. Romann and J. Fuchslocher)

  • Development of Elite Adolescent Golfers (R. Hayman, R. Polman, J. Taylor, B. Hemmings and E. Borkoles)

  • The Role of Self-Regulatory Skills in Sport and Academic Performances of EliteYouth Athletes (L. Jonker, M. T. Elferink-Gemser and C. Visscher)