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Shane N. Phillipson is an associate professor at Monash University and previously at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. After obtaining a B.Sc. (Hons) and a graduate diploma in secondary education, he worked for many years as a mathematics and science teacher in New South Wales and South Australia. Shane Phillipson then obtained a graduate certificate in gifted education and a PhD from Flinders University (Australia). His PhD thesis was awarded the International Award (19992000) for best PhD thesis by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) in the UK, and the 2001 Flinders University nomination for the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Doctoral Thesis Award. Currently, Shane Phillipson teaches educational psychology, research methods and gifted education, and his research interests include cultural conceptions of giftedness and models of achievement. He has been awarded a number of research grants, resulting in research publications in many international peer-reviewed journals, including High Ability Studies and Educational Psychology, and he is also a reviewer of research articles for these two journals. His edited books include Learning diversity in the Chinese classroom: Contexts and practice for students with special needs (2007), and Conceptions of giftedness: Socio-cultural perspectives (with M. McCann, 2007). Shane is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children and the European Council for High Ability.

Research interests

  • Gifted Education
  • Conception of Giftedness
  • Teacher Education

Research area keywords

  • Gifted Education
  • Research methods
  • Rasch modelling
  • Teacher Education


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