Jonathan Plucker is a prominent education policy and talent development scholar, and the inaugural Julian C. Stanley Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University. He holds a joint appointment at the Center for Talented Youth and School of Education. He has been supported by more than $30 million in external grants and contracts, and has published over 200 articles, chapters and reports. His most recent books include Intelligence 101, published with Amber Esping by Springer, and Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education, published with Carolyn Callahan by Prufrock Press. In Intelligence 101, Plucker focuses on the history of how we categorize, measure, and conceive of intelligence. His report, “Mind the Other Gap: The Growing Excellence Gap in K–12 Education,” examines the wide disparity between high-achieving white and affluent students and high-achieving minority and low-income students.
He also outlines key education-reform measures, including focusing equally on minimum competency and excellence while simultaneously addressing poverty. His work defining and studying the excellence gap (http://cepa.uconn.edu/mindthegap) is part of a larger effort to re-orient the thinking of policymakers and educators toward how to best promote success and high achievement for all children. He is editor for the Research-Based Decision Making for Gifted Education and Talent Development book series at Palgrave-Macmillan, and the Psychological Perspectives on Contemporary Educational Issues series at IAP.
Before joining Johns Hopkins, Plucker was the Raymond Neag Endowed Professor of Education Leadership and professor of educational psychology at the University of Connecticut. From 1997 to 2012, he was a professor of educational psychology and cognitive science at Indiana University, becoming a full professor in 2006. From 1995 to 1997, he was an assistant professor of educational psychology and measurement at the Maine Education Policy Research Institute at the University of Maine, Orono. He holds a doctoral degree in educational psychology from the University of Virginia, and a master’s degree in educational psychology and bachelor’s degree in chemistry education from the University of Connecticut.
He has received many accolades for his work. For his research on creativity, he received the Daniel E. Berlyne Award for outstanding research by a junior scholar (2001) and the Rudolf Arnheim Award for outstanding research by a senior scholar (2012) from the American Psychological Association, and the 2007 E. Paul Torrance Award for creativity research from the National Association of Gifted Children. For his gifted education research, he has received the NAGC Early Scholar Award (1998) and Distinguished Scholar Award (2013), and the Award for Excellence in Research (1997 and 2000) from the Mensa Foundation. For his education policy work, he was ranked as one of the top 100 most influential academics working in education in 2011, 2013 and 2014.
Plucker is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, and was named a fellow of the American Associate for the Advancement of Science in 2011 “for distinguished contributions to the science of creativity and the creation of research-supported education policy.”
Ph.D., Educational Psychology with emphasis in statistics and research methodology, University of Virginia
M.A., Educational Psychology: Special Education, University of Connecticut
B.S., with honors in Secondary Chemistry Education, University of Connecticut
Plucker, J., & Esping, A. (2014). Intelligence 101. New York: Springer.
Plucker, J., & Callahan, C. M. (Eds.). (2014). Critical issues and practices in gifted education: What the research says (2nd ed.). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.
Plucker, J., & Callahan, C. M. (Eds.). (2008). Critical issues and practices in gifted education: What the research says. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.
Kaufman, J., Plucker, J., & Baer, J. (2008). Essentials of creativity assessment. New York: Wiley.
Plucker, J. (2015). A critical response to “The psychology of creativity: A critical reading.” Creativity: Theories-Research-Applications, 1(2), 228-232. DOI: 10.15290/ctra.2014.01.02.09
Plucker, J., Esping, A., Kaufman, J. C., & Avitia, M. A. (2015). Creativity and intelligence. In S. Goldstein, D. Princiotta, & J. A. Naglieri (Eds.), Handbook of intelligence: Evolutionary theory, historical perspective, and current concepts (pp. 283-291). New York: Springer.
Esping, A., & Plucker, J. (2015). Alfred Binet and the children of Paris. In S. Goldstein, D. Princiotta, & J. A. Naglieri (Eds.), Handbook of intelligence: Evolutionary theory, historical perspective, and current concepts (pp. 153-161). New York: Springer.
Hartley, K.. A., & Plucker, J. (2014). Teacher use of creativity-enhancing activities in Chinese and American elementary classrooms. Creativity Research Journal, 26, 389-399. DOI: 10.1080/10400419.2014.961771. www.tandfonline.com/eprint/NJUgPgEpe9FxFcSXA98I/full
Makel, M. C., & Plucker, J. (2014). Facts are more important than novelty: Replication in the education sciences. Educational Researcher, 43, 304-316. DOI: 10.3102/0013189X14545513.
Long, H., Plucker, J., Yu, Q., Ding, Y., & Kaufman, J. C. (2014). Research productivity and performance of journals in the creativity sciences: A bibliometric analysis. Creativity Research Journal, 26, 353-360. DOI: 10.1080/10400419.2014.929425. www.tandfonline.com/eprint/A5T3ujuntv2drEpzGFYx/full
Hardesty, J., McWilliams, J., & Plucker, J. (2014). Excellence gaps: What they are, why they are bad, and how smart contexts can address them … or make them worse. High Ability Studies, 25, 71-80. www.tandfonline.com/eprint/CxEN4szD3IFXscJ6xbNj/full
McWilliams, J., & Plucker, J. (2014). Brain cancer, meat glue, and shifting models of outstanding human behavior: Smart contexts for the 21st century. Talent Development and Excellence, 6(1), 47-55.
Plucker, J., & Callahan, C. M. (2014). Research on giftedness and gifted education: Status of the field and considerations for the future. Exceptional Children, 80, 390-406. DOI: 10.1177/0014402914527244.
Plucker, J., Qian, M., & Schmalensee, S. L. (2014). Is what you see what you really get? Comparison of scoring techniques in the assessment of real-world divergent thinking. Creativity Research Journal, 26, 135-143. DOI: 10.1080/10400419.2014.901023. www.tandfonline.com/eprint/gsnq4DiaCgUuqxB2r4gs/full
Harris, B., & Plucker, J. (2014). Achieving equity and excellence: The role of school mental health providers in shrinking excellence gaps. Gifted Child Today, 37(2), 110-116.
Prusinski, E. L., Ruddy, A., Plucker, J., & Cierniak, K. A. (2014). Chartering new waters: The Indianapolis mayoral transition and the charter school community. Educational Policy. DOI: 10.1177/0895904813510776
Makel, M. C., & Plucker, J. (2014). Creativity is more than novelty: Reconsidering replication as a creative act. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 8, 27-29.
Plucker, J., & Esping, A. (2014). Developing and maintaining a website for teaching and learning about intelligence. Intelligence, 42, 171-175. DOI: 10.1016/j.intell.2013.08.007.
Plucker, J. (2014). Managing our expectations: What we can and can’t learn from innovations in teacher quality in other countries. In F. M. Hess & M. Q. McShane (Eds.), Teacher quality 2.0: Toward a new era in education reform (pp. 203-218). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.
Makel, M. C., & Plucker, J. (2014). School choice. In J. A. Plucker & C. M. Callahan (Eds.), Critical issues and practices in gifted education (2nd ed.; pp. 545-552). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.
Burroughs, N., & Plucker, J. (2014). Excellence gaps. In J. A. Plucker & C. M. Callahan (Eds.), Critical issues and practices in gifted education (2nd ed.; pp. 255-265). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.
Plucker, J. (2014). Review of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 8, 262-263.