David Dai

David Yun Dai

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Purdue University

Email: ddai@albany.edu

David Yun Dai joined the faculty of Educational Psychology and Methodology at University at Albany, State University of New York in 2001. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University, and worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, University of Connecticut. He also
holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from East China Normal University. Prior to his appointment with University at Albany, he worked as an assistant professor of psychology at the Central Missouri State University. He teaches courses pertaining to instruction, learning, motivation, and cognition. His practical interest is to incorporate an inquiry-based mode of learning in a variety of
domains and settings.

Dr. Dai was a Fulbright scholar to China during 2008-2009, and the recipient of the Early Scholar Award in 2006 conferred by the National Association for Gifted Children. He is internationally known for his work on gifted education, talent development, and creativity. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Gifted Child Quarterly, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, and Roeper Review. His theoretical and research interests include (a) developing a more integrative, functionalist perspective on intellectual functioning and development in the context of education, (b) developing a theory of talent development as optimal individual development through education and self-exploratory activities, (c) exploring various forms of enrichment and acceleration for precocious and advanced students, and (d) exploring how educational psychology as a field might respond to the educational challenges and opportunities in the 21st century.

Representative Publications

Dai, D. Y. (Ed.) (in press). Design research on learning and thinking in educational contexts: Enhancing intellectual growth and functioning. New York: Routledge.

Dai, D. Y. (2010). The nature and nurture of giftedness: A new framework for understanding gifted education. New York: Columbia University Teachers College Press.

Dai, D. Y. (2009). Essential tensions surrounding the concept of giftedness. In L. Shavinina (Ed.), International handbook on giftedness (pp. 39-80). New York: Springer Science.

Dai, D. Y. (2008). A psychological inquiry into the game of Go (Chinese). Taiyuan, Shanxi: The Shanxi Publishing Group/Shuhai Press.

Dai, D. Y., & Rinn, A. N. (2008). The Big-fish-little-pond effect: What do we know and where do we go from here? Educational Psychology Review, 20, 283- 317.

Dai, D. Y., & Renzulli, J. S. (2008). Snowflakes, living systems, and the mystery of giftedness. Gifted Child Quarterly, 52, 114-130.

Dai, D. Y. Shen, J-L. (2008). Cultivating creative potential during adolescence: A developmental and educational perspective. The Korean Journal of Thinking and Problem Solving, 18, 83-92.

Dai, D. Y. (2008). Where Chinese American students might fall short: What the model minority debate might have missed. In G-F Li & L. Wang (Eds.), Model minority myths revisited: An interdisciplinary approach to demystifying Asian American education experiences (pp. 177-193). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.