David Yun Dai
Ph.D. Purdue University
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.
Dai, D. Y. (Ed.) (in press). Design research on learning and thinking in
educational contexts: Enhancing intellectual growth and functioning. New
Dai, D. Y. (2010). The nature and nurture of giftedness: A new framework for
understanding gifted education. New York: Columbia University Teachers
Dai, D. Y. (2009). Essential tensions surrounding the concept of giftedness. In L.
Shavinina (Ed.), International handbook on giftedness (pp. 39-80). New York:
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-
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