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Hope E Wilson

Associate Professor | Faculty Assessment Coordinator

Foundations & Secondary Education | College of Education & Human Services

Areas of Expertise

Educational Psychology

Gifted Education


Ph.D. Education Psychology: Gifted Education

University of Connecticut

Spring 2009


M.A. Gifted Education

Hardin-Simmons University

Spring 2009


M.A.T. Education

Austin College

Winter 2002


B.A. Art

Austin College

Spring 2001


Hope (Bess) E. Wilson is an associate professor of education at the University of North Florida where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in assessment, educational psychology, and statistics. She graduated with a PhD in Gifted Education from the University of Connecticut. Her research focusing on early childhood giftedness has been published in Gifted Child Quarterly, Journal of Advanced Academics, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, and Roeper Review, and she is the co-author along with Jill Adelson of the book Letting Go of Perfect: Overcoming Perfectionism in Kids (Prufrock Press, 2009). She was the 2017 Early Leader Award recipient for the National Association for Gifted Children. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Advanced Academics, and chair of the Research and Evaluation Network for the National Association for Gifted Children. She is a founding board member of the Innovation Collaborative, a non-profit organization working at the intersections of the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities.


Early Leader Award, NAGC (2017)

Dissertation Award, 2nd Place, NAGC (2010)

Graduate Student of the Year, NAGC (2009)

Most Outstanding Paper, NAGC (2008)

Doctoral Lever Research, 2nd Place, NAGC (2007)


National Association of Gifted Students

American Educational Research Association


Publications & Presentations

Research Publications


   Wilson, H. E., & Zoellner, B. (2016). Effectiveness of a Constructivist-based science camp for gifted secondary students. Journal of Research in Education, 26,76-108.


   Wilson, H. E. (2015). Patterns of play behaviors and learning center choices between high ability and typical children. Journal of Advanced Academics, 26, 143-164.


   Wilson, H. E., Nerren, J. S., & Abel, C. (2015). Dialogue from the field: Language stimulation techniques for three-year-old and four-year-old children: Patterns of language development. National Head Start Association Dialog: The Research-To-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field, 18(1).


   Wilson, H. E. (2015). Social and emotional characteristics and early childhood mathematical and literacy giftedness: Observations from parents and childcare providers using the ECLS-B. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 38, 377-404.


   Wilson, H. E, Nerren, J. S., & Abel, C. (2015). Leaping the language gap: Strategies for preschool and Head Start teachers. International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy, 9, 1-17. Retrieved from


   Wilson, H. E., Siegle, D. S., McCoach, D. B., Little, C. A., &  Reis, S. M. (2014). A model of academic self-concept: Perceived difficulty and social comparison among academically accelerated secondary school students. Gifted Child Quarterly, 58, 111-126.


   Wilson, H. E., Gresham, J., Williams, M., Whitley, C., & Partin, J. (2013). Female-only classes in a rural context: Self-concept, achievement, and discourse. Journal of Research in Rural Education28(9), 1-14.


   Siegle, D., Wilson, H. E., & Little, C. A. (2013). A sample of gifted and talented educators’ attitudes about academic acceleration. Journal of Advanced Academics24(1), 27-51.


   Wilson, H. E., & Adelson, J. L. (2012). College choices of academically talented secondary students. Journal of Advanced Academics, 23, 32-52.


   Nihalani, P. K., Wilson, H. E., Thomas, G., & Robinson, D. H. (2010). What determines high- and low-performing groups? The superstar effect. Journal of Advanced Academics, 21, 500-524.


   Siegle, D., Moore, M., Mann, R. L., & Wilson, H. E. (2010). Factors that influence inservice and preservice teachers’ nominations of students for gifted and talented programs. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 33, 337-360.


Publications for Practitioners


   Baldus, C. M., & Wilson, H. E. (2016). Beyond recitals and refrigerator art: Encouraging your young artists. Parenting for High Potential, 6 (1), 2-4.


   Wilson, H. E., & Gaa, J. (2013). Parenting artistically gifted children: Advice from the NAGC arts network.  Parenting for High Potential, 2 (5), 10-12.


   Nerren, J., Abel, C., & Wilson, H. E. (2012). Language stimulation techniques for prekindergarten English language learners. TexELT: Texas English Language Teaching, 1, 22-26.


   Rubenstein, L., & Wilson, H. E. (2011). Spicing up classrooms using creative challenges. Gifted Child Today, 34(2), 57-65.


   Wilson, H. E., & Adelson, J. L. (2010, September). Parenting perfectionists: Encouraging healthy risk taking for Risk Evaders. Parenting for High Potential, 13-19.


   Wilson, H. E. (2009). The Picasso in your classroom: Meeting the needs of talented artists and visual learners in the elementary classroom. Gifted Child Today, 32, 36-45.


   Wilson, H. E., & Adelson, J. L. (2008). The science of art and the art of science. Gifted Education Communicator, 39, 3, 24-27.




   Wilson, H. E. (2017, 2010). Instructors manual. In G. A. Davis, S. Rimm, & D. Siegle, Education of the gifted and talented (6th ed.). New York: Prentice Hall.


   Adelson, J. L., & Wilson, H. E. (2009). Letting go of perfect: Overcoming perfectionism in kids. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.


Book Chapters


   Wilson, H. E. (2017). Principle 6: Clear, explanatory, and timely feedback to students is important for learning, In American Psychological Association, Center for Psychology in Schools and Education (Eds). Top 20 principles from psychology for preK–12 creative, talented, and gifted students’ teaching and learning (pp. 16-17). Retrieved from http://


   Dinsmore, D. L., & Wilson, H. E. (2016). Student participation in assessment: Does it influence self-regulation?. In G. T. Brown & L. Harris (Eds.), Handbook of human and social factors in assessment.


   Wilson, H. E. (2011, 2017). Adapting the arts curricula for high-ability learners. In J. vanTassel-Baska & C. A. Little (Eds.), Content-based curriculum for high-ability learners (2nd ed., pp. 303-320). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.


   Siegle, D. S., McCoach, D. B., & Wilson, H. E. (2009). Extending learning through mentorships. In F. A. Karnes & S. M. Bean (Eds.), Methods and materials for teaching the gifted (3rd ed., pp. 519-564). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.


   Wilson, H. E. (2009). Specialized secondary schools. In B. Kerr (Ed.), Encyclopedia of giftedness, creativity, and talent (pp. 818-820). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.


   Wilson, H. E., & Paul, K. A. (2009). Home schooling. In B. Kerr (Ed.), Encyclopedia of giftedness, creativity, and talent (pp. 432-435). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.



Invited Publications


   Wilson, H. E. (2015). Review of ‘Negotiating adult-child relationships in early childhood research' [Book Review]. The Journal of Educational Research, 108, 432-433.


   Wilson, H. E. (2013). Review of 'Assessing teacher quality: Understanding teacher effects on instruction and achievement' [Book Review]. The Journal of Educational Research106, 89-90. 


   Wilson, H. E. (2011). Book review: RTI with differentiated instruction, grades 6 - 8: A classroom teacher's guide, by J. O'Meara (2011) [Book Review]. Gifted Children, 5(1). Retrieved from 


   Wilson, H. E. (2008). The last word: An interview with Marilyn Cochran-Smith. Journal of Advanced Academics, 19, 744-749.


   Wilson, H. E. (Fall 2006- present). Smart cookies. Teaching for High Potential. [Regular Column, Cartoon].


   Wilson, H. E. (2007). Media themes and threads [Review of Differentiating Content for Gifted Learners in Grades 6-12: A CD-ROM of Customizable Menus and Study Guides]. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 31, 261-268.


   Wilson, H. E. (2007). Media themes and threads [Review of the curriculum Creative Problem Solving Kit]. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 31, 110-116.


Contact Information

Building 57, Room 2308

(904) 620-5222

Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday 11:30-1:30, Thursday 6:30-7:30