Articles

by Jane Piirto   © Jane Piirto

Here are some articles  I've written and studies I've done.  Just click on a title. Enjoy reading them but don't use them as your own work.  Please cite me.

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A Mixed-Methods Comparison Of Vocational And Identified-Gifted High School Students On The Overexcitability Questionnaire (OEQ)
Piirto, J., & Fraas, J. (2012). A mixed methods comparison of vocational and identified-gifted high school students on the Overexcitability Questionnaire (OEQ). Journal for the Education of the Gifted., 35(1). 3-34.
This is one of the only comparison studies done with the OEQ. It shows that some of the assumptions about intensity may be overstated.Check out the table comparing responses of the vocational and identified gifted students.
21 Years With the Dabrowski Theory: An Autoethnography Piirto, J. (2010). 21 years with the Dabrowski theory: An autoethnography. Advanced Development, online.
I have been active in the Dabrowski theory community since 1989. Here is the rest of the story.
The Personalities of Creative Writers Piirto, J.  (2009). The personalities of creative writers. In S. B. Kaufman and J.C. Kaufman (Eds.), The psychology of creative writing (pp. 3-22). New York: Cambridge University Press. 
The Creative Process as Creators Practice It. Piirto, J. (2009). The creative process as creators practice it: A view of creativity with emphasis on what creators really do. In N. L. Hafenstein, K. Haines, and B. Cramond (Eds.), Perspectives in Gifted Education, Vol. 5. (pp. 42-67). Denver: University of Denver.
Eminence and Creativity in Selected Visual Artists Piirto, J. (2009).In  B. Macfarlane and T. Stambaugh (Eds.), Leading change in gifted education.  Festschrift volume for Joyce VanTassel-Baska. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press. (pp. 13-27). Eds. B. Marfarlane and T. Stambaugh.
A Comparison of DAbrowski's Overexcitabilities by gender for American and Korean high school gifted students Piirto, J. Montgomery, D., & May, J. (2008). A comparison of Dabrowki‟s overexcitabilities by gender for American and Korean high school gifted students. High Ability Studies, 19(2), 141-153.
The Last Word: an Interview With Michael Pyryt Piirto, J. (2008). Journal of Advanced Academics, 19(2), 345-353.
The Five Core Attitudes and Seven I's for Enhancing Creativity in the Classroom Piirto, J. (2010). The five core attitudes and seven I's for enhancing creativity in the classroom. In J. Kaufman and R. Beghetto (Eds.). Nurturing creativity in the classroom (pp. 142-171).. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Mensa Research Journal published 7 articles in a special issue, Winter 2008, Vol. 39 (1) One of the pleasant surprises of winning the Mensa Lifetime Achievement Award in the fall of 2007 was the publication of a special issue of the Mensa Research Journal, with 7 of my articles. I chose qualitative research as the theme, and the articles range from an autoethnography to a keynote speech.
The Development of Orchestra Conductors in Finland


Kari Uusikyla and Jane Piirto
Ths is an article done with Dr. Kari Uusikyla of the University of Helsinki. It was published in a special edited book in honor of the professor and researcher Kai Karma.
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Uuskikyla, K., & Piirto, J. (2007). The development of orchestra conductors in Finland. In M. Laitinen and M. Kainulainen (Eds.), Musikaalisuuden ytimessa: In the heart of musicality (pp. 41-54). Helsinki, FI: Hakapaino Oy.  
Giftedness in Nonacademic Domains This is a chapter that appears in the Handbook of Giftedness in Children, published in 2008.
Piirto, J. (2008). Giftedness in nonacademic domains. In S. Pfeiffer (Ed.), Handbook of giftedness in children: Psycho-educational theory, research, and best practices ( pp. 367-386). New York: Springer
"All Children" Includes the Talented This is an alternative representation, poetic inquiry study in the arts-based educational research mode. It was published in 2009 in an online journal, Educational Insights, from the University of British Columbia. Piirto, J. (2009). “All Children” Includes The Talented. Educational Insights, 13(3).
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Understanding  Visual Artists This is a publication from a keynote speech I made at the European Council for High Ability conference in Lahti, Finland, in 2006. It came out in an edited book. Here's the reference.
Piirto, J. (2007). Understanding visual artists. In K. Tirri (Ed.), Values and foundations in gifted education (pp. 29-39). Bern: Peter Lang Publishers.
Depth Psychology and Integrity This is a chapter in an edited book, with F. Christopher Reynolds, first author.
(2009). Depth Psychology and Integrity. In T. Cross and D. Ambrose (Eds.). Morality, Ethics, and Gifted Minds. New York: Springer Science.
Honoring and Suffering the Thorn:  Marking, Naming, and Eldering: Depth Psychology II

F. Christopher Reynolds & Jane Piirto
This is the second article with a depth psychological approach, published in the Roeper Review, Fall 2007, with F. Christopher Reynolds as first author. As far as we can tell, it's the second article in the field of the education of the gifted and talented to discuss depth psychology.
Depth Psychology and Giftedness: Bringing Soul to the Field of Talent Development
F. Christopher Reynolds & Jane Piirto
This is an article published in May 2005 in the Roeper Review, with my friend F. Christopher Reynolds as first author. As far as we can tell, it's the first article in the field of  the education of the gifted and talented to  discuss depth psychology.
Personality Attributes of Talented Teenagers This is a statistical study compiling the results of the High School Personality Questionnaire (HSPQ) and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which I have administered to the talented teenagers at the Ohio Summer Honors Institutes.
The Creative Process in Poets This is an article published in an edited book called Creativity in Domains: Faces of the Muse in 2005. (Editors James Kaufman & John Baer, published by Lawrence Erlbaum)
Parenting Talented Children Feldman, D., & Piirto, J. (2002). Parenting talented children. In M. Bornstein (Ed.) Handbook of parenting, Vol. II  2nd Ed. (pp. 195-219). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, Assoc. We published the first in 1995. This is the 2nd.
Understanding Creativity in Domains Using the Piirto Pyramid of Talent Development as a Framework. This is another keynote speech I have delivered in Australia, Kansas, and other places.
The Question of Quality and Qualifications: Writing inferior poems as qualitative research. This is an article I wrote after attending several conferences on Arts-based qualitative research and wondering about the standards for the art that was presented.  It was published in 2002 in the International Journal of Qualitative Research in Education. It was reprinted in the Poetic Inquiry anthology in 2009. In C. Leggo, P. Sameshima, and M. Prendergast (Eds.), Poetic inquiry: Vibrant voices in the social sciences. Rotterdam:  Sense Publishers.
The Unreliable Narrator, or The Difference Between Writing Prose in Literature and in Social Science This is an article I wrote after attending several conferences on Arts-based qualitative research and after a symposium at AERA in 1996 on whether a novel can be a dissertation.  It was published in 2002 in the International Journal of Qualitative Research in Education.
Themes in the Lives of Women Creative Writers   This is a study I did for the 1995 Wallace Research Symposium at the University of Iowa, later revised and published in The Roeper Review in 1998.  It is enfolded into my  book, "My Teeming Brain":  Understanding Creative Writers, also.
Values of Talented Adolescents Before and After September 11, 2001
This is a study I did for the 2002 European Council for High Ability Conference on Rhodes, Greece.  My findings show that National Security is not a high value for these teenagers.
Why Are There So Few? (Creative Women: Visual Artists, Mathematicians, Scientists, Musicians)
First published in 1991  in Roeper Review, and revised in 2000.
Implications of Postmodern Curriculum Theory  for the Education of the Talented.

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Published in Summer, 1999, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 22 (4), 323-353
Krishnamurti and Me:  Meditations on his Philosophy of Education and on India


This is a creative nonfiction essay, one version of which is in JCT, Spring, 2000, and it was reprinted in 2008 in an edited book on eastern thought in education.
 "Motivation is all. Then they can do anything." Portrait of an Indian School
This is an article on a school for the gifted and talented in Pune, India, published in the Gifted Child Quarterly in 2002. 
Synchronicity  This is an article from the Encyclopedia of Creativity, 1999.
Deeper and broader: The Pyramid of Talent Development in the Context of the Giftedness Construct.
This is an article on my pyramid model and giftedness construct from a special issue of Educational Forum, 1995.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Talented Adolescents:  Feeling Boys, Thinking Girls, and Judging Teachers.   This is a study I did.  It appeared in the Proceedings of the CAPT Conference - Orlando, Fla:  March 1998.
A review of No Rootless Flower by Frank Barron This appeared in Creativity Research Journal, 1997.
A Different Approach to Teaching Creativity
This appeared in Tempo, the Texas Association for the Gifted Newsletter, Summer, 1999
Encouraging Creativity and Talent in Adolescnts Chapter in an edited book on gifted adolescents, 1991.
Talent development in the middle school Piirto, J., Cassone, G., & Wilkes, P. (1999). Talent development in the middle school. In C. Walley & G. Gerrick (Eds.), Affirming middle school education. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
 Creative Writers     This is a summary of part of my book, "My Teeming Brain": Understanding Creative Writers.
Twelve Issues:  A conference paper Presented in Little Rock, AR, Iowa City, IA, Oxford, UK, Columbus, OH, Louisville, KY at conferences, and used as a case example in my book, Talented Children and Adults (1999/2007).