Finnish North American Literature Association
Jane Piirto was born and raised in Negaunee, Michigan, descendent of Finnish
immigrants. All 4 grandparents came from Finland. Her paternal grandfather Herman
Piirto was from Ilmajoki and her paternal grandmother was Sophie Vahakorpi from
Ilmajoki. Her materal grandmother was Ida Karna Eskelinen from Vimpeli and her
maternal grandfather was Adam Eskelinen from Kuopio. Ms. Piirto was married from
1963 to 1980 and is also known as Jane Piirto Navarre. She has two children.
With a long career in higher education, she is a Trustee's Professor in Graduate
Education at Ashland University and has authored numerous books, chapbooks, and
other publications; she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from
Northern Michigan University. She has a PhD from Bowling Green State University, an
M. Ed. from South Dakota State University, an M.A. from Kent State University and a
B.A. from Northern Michigan University. Her extensive publications are listed below.
Find her web page here:
SCHOLARLY AND ARTISTIC PUBLICATIONS
Read a review of her book of poems, Saunas here.
* = refereed
(2008). Saunas: Poems by Jane Piirto. Mayapple Press, Bay City, MI.
*(2007). Talented Children and Adults: Their Development and Education, 3rd
edition. Prufrock Press. 765 pages.
*(2004). Understanding creativity. Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential Press.
*(2002). “My teeming brain”: Understanding creative writers. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton
Uusikylä, K., & Piirto, J. (1999). Luovuus: Taito löytää, rohkeus toteuttaa. Jyväskylä,
Finland: WSOY Publishers. In Finnish.
*(1999). Talented children and adults: Their development and education.2nd Edition.
Columbus, OH: Prentice Hall/Merrill.
*(1994). Talented children and adults: Their development and education. New York:
*(1998). Understanding those who create. 2nd Edition. Tempe, AZ: Great Potential
*(1992). Understanding those who create. Dayton, OH: Ohio Psychology Press.
Translated into Chinese.
JOURNAL ARTICLES * = refereed
*In press: Reynolds, F.C., & Piirto, J. Honoring and Suffering the Thorn: Marking,
Naming, Initiating, and Eldering: Depth Psychology Iii
*(2005). I Live in My Own Bubble: Values of Talented Adolescents Before and After
9/11/2001. Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, XVI (2/3), 106-119.
(2005) Rethinking the Creativity Curriculum. Gifted Education Communicator, 36 (2),
*(In revision). Is Overexcitability a Differential Personality Attribute of High- IQ Youth?
A Comparison Study of Identified Gifted Teenagers and Vocational School Teenagers
Using the Overexcitability Questionnaire (OEQ). With Lori Beach, Geri Cassone,
Robbin Rogers, John Fraas.
*(2005). Depth Psychology and Giftedness: Bringing Soul to the Field of Talent
Development Education. Roeper Review, 17(3), 164-171. With first author, F.
*(2002). The Question of Quality and Qualifications: Writing Inferior Poems as
Qualitative Research. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 15 (4),
*(2002). The Unreliable Narrator, or the Difference Between Writing Prose in
Literature and in Social Science. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in
Education, 15(4), 407-415.
*(2002). Motivation Is All. Then They Can Do Anything. Qualitative Portrait of a
School for the Gifted and Talented in India. Gifted Child Quarterly, 46(3), 181-192.
*(2001, Spring). Themes in the Lives of Adult Creative Writers. Tempo, XXI (2), p. 4, ff.
*(2000). The Piirto Pyramid of Talent Development: a Conceptual Framework. Gifted
Child Today, 23(6), 22-29.
*(2000). Krishnamurti and Me: Meditations on India and on His Philosophy of
Education. Journal for Curriculum Theorizing, 16 (2), pp. 109-124.
*(1999). Implications of Postmodern Curriculum Theory for the Education of the
Talented. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 22 (4), 386-406.
*(1999). A Different Approach to Creativity Enhancement. Tempo, XIX, 3, 1,
(1999, Spring). Asynchrony and the Gifted. Understanding Our Gifted, 11 (3), 12-15.
(1999, November). Metaphor and Image in Counseling the Talented. Spotlight:
Newsletter of the Arts Division of the National Association for Gifted Children, pp. 6-7.
*(I998.) Themes in the Lives of Contemporary U.S. Women Creative Writers at Midlife.
Roeper Review, 21 (1), 60-70. (Special issue on creativity guest edited by Karen
Rogers and Sandra Kay).
(1995). Predictive Behaviors and Crystallizing Experiences in Male College Student
Artists. Spotlight: Newsletter of the National Association for Gifted Children Visual and
Performing Arts Special Interest Group.
*(1995). Deeper, Wider, Broader: the Pyramid of Talent Development in the Context
of the Giftedness Construct. Educational Forum, 59 (4), 363-371. Guest editor: John
*Piirto, J., & Fraas, J. (1995). Androgyny in the Personalities of Talented Adolescents.
The Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, 1(3), 93-102. with John Fraas. Guest
editor: Frances Karnes.
(1994). A Few Thoughts on Actors. Spotlight: Newsletter for the Visual and
Performing Arts. National Association for Gifted Children, 1-2.
*(1991). Why Are There So Few? (Creative Women: Visual Artists, Mathematicians,
Musicians). Roeper Review, 13(3), 142-147.
(1990). Profiles of Creative Adolescents. Understanding Our Gifted, 2, 1.
*(1989a). Does Writing Prodigy Exist? Creativity Research Journal, 2, 134-35.
(1989b, May/June). Linguistic Prodigy: Does it Exist? Gifted Children Monthly, pp. 1-2.
*(1989, July/August). What Do You Do in a Primary Gifted Program? Gifted Children
Today, pp. 33-34.
*(1989, November/ December). What Did Robert Kennedy Die Of? Cultural Literacy
for Gifted Students. Gifted Children Today, pp. 51-53.
*Higham, S., & Navarre, J. Piirto. (1984). Gifted Adolescent Females Require
Differential Treatment. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 8 (1), 43-49.
*Navarre, J. Piirto. (1983, Jan/Feb.). How the Teacher of the Gifted Can Use the
Structure of the Intellect. Gifted/Creative/Talented, pp.l6-17.
*Navarre, J. Piirto. (1980). Is What Is Good for the Gander, Good for the Goose:
Should Gifted Girls Receive Differential Treatment? Roeper Review, 2 (3), 21-25.
Navarre, J. Piirto (1978). Intuition in the creative process. Gifted Child Quarterly, 22
CHAPTERS IN EDITED BOOKS
*(In press). A Postmodern View of The Creative Process. In J. Kincheloe and R. Horn
(Eds.), Educational Psychology Handbook. Greenwood Press.
*(In press). A Look at the Themes in the Lives of Finnish Orchestra Conductors. With
Dr. Kari Uusikyla, University of Helsinki. Edited book from Sibelius Academy, Helsinki,
(In press). An Ethnographic Look at Two India Special Schools. In edited book on
eastern religion and education. Editors Claudia Eppert and Hongyu Wang.
*(In preparation). Creativity in poets. In S. Kaufman & J. Kaufman (Eds.), Creativity in
*(In preparation). Giftedness in nonacademic domains. In Handbook of Psychology.
Edited by Stephen Pfeiffer.
*(2005.). The Creative Process in Poets. In J.Kaufman and J. Baer (Eds). Creativity in
domains: Faces of the muse (pp. 1-21). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
*(2002) Parenting Talented Children. In Handbook of Parenting, Second Edition, Vol.
5 (pp. 195-219). Edited by Marc Bornstein. First author: David Feldman.
*(2000). How Parents and Teachers Can Enhance Creativity in Children. In M.D. Gold
& C. R. Harris (Eds.), Fostering creativity in children, K-8: Theory and practice (pp.
49-68). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
*2000). Questions for the Education of the Gifted and Talented. In D. Montgomery,
(Ed.), Able underachievers. London, UK: Whurr Publishers, Ltd.
**Piirto, J., Cassone, G., & Wilkes, P. (1999). Talent Development in the Middle
School. In C. Walley & G. Gerrick (Eds.), Affirming middle school education (pp. 134-
149). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
*(1999). A Survey of Psychological Studies of Creativity. In A. Fishkin, B. Cramond, &
P. Olszewski-Kubilius (Eds.). Investigating creativity in youth (pp. 10-25). Cresskill, NJ:
Hampton Press. In creativity series edited by Mark Runco.
*(1995). The Pyramid of Talent Development in the Context of the Giftedness
Construct. In Katzko, M.W., and F.J. Monks (Eds). Nurturing Talent: Individual needs
and social ability (pp. 10-20). Proceedings of the European Council for High Ability
Conference. The Netherlands: Van Gorcum, Assen.
**(1997). Educating Talented Young Children in an Era of School Reform. In J.
Smutney (Ed.). Young gifted children. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press. With C.
*Feldman, D., & Piirto, J. (1995). Parenting Talented Children. In M. Bornstein (Ed.),
Handbook of Parenting. I ., pp. 285-304. New York: Longman. Being revised for
second edition in 2001.
*(1991). Encouraging Creativity in Adolescents. In J. Genshaft & M. Bireley (Eds.).
Gifted and talented adolescents (pp. 104-122). New York: Teachers College Press.
(1982). The Use of The Structure of Intellect Learning Abilities Test in Student
Assessment. In D. Friedrich and J. Carroll (Eds.), Program Evaluation and Student
Assessment (pp. 143-91). Mt. Pleasant, Mich: Central Michigan University Press.
CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS, MONOGRAPHS, ENCYCLOPEDIAS * = refereed
*(In press.) Entry, Creative Writing. Also a sidebar of the poem, “Fraternity Bar in
Athens, Georgia.” Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research. Sage Publications.
*(In press.) Creativity as Postmodern. Proceedings of International Conference on
Creativity, Moscow, Russia. September 2005.
*(In press.) Creativity in Poets. Proceedings of International Conference on Creativity,
Moscow University, Russia. September 2005.
*(2007). Understanding visual artists. In K. Tirri (Ed.), Values and foundations in
gifted education. (Keynote address for European Council for High Ability conference
in Lahti, Finland). Pieterlen, Switzerland: Peter Lang International.
*(2004). Personality Attributes of Talented Teenagers. Proceedings of European
Council for High Ability Conference, Pamplona, Spain. CD-ROM.
*(2003). Values of Talented Adolescents Before and After 9/11/2001. Gifted 2003: A
celebration downunder. Conference Proceedings. 1-5 August, 2003. Adelaide, South
*(2003). Values of Talented Adolescents Before and After 9/11/2001. Proceedings of
European Council for High Ability Conference, Rhodes, Greece, October, 2002.
*(2002). “My Teeming Brain”: Understanding Creative Writers. Talent Development,
V. (See info below).
*(2001). Twelve Issues: Implications of Postmodern Curriculum Theory for the
Education of the Talented. In N. Colangelo & S. G. Assouline (Eds.). Talent
Development, IV (pp. 399-405). Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential Press. Proceedings
from the 1998 Henry B. and Jocelyn Wallace National Research Symposium on Talent
Development. University of Iowa.
*(1999). Themes in the Lives of Successful Contemporary U.S. Women Creative
Writers at Midlife: A Qualitative Study: In N. Colangelo & S. G. Assouline (Eds.).
Talent development, III (pp. 173-202. Scottsdale, AZ: Gifted Psychology Press. Invited
paper. Presented at 1995 Third Wallace Symposium on Talent Development.
University of Iowa.
*(1999). Poetry. In M. Runco & S. Pritzer (Eds.) Encyclopedia of creativity, 2 (pp. 409-
416). San Diego: Academic Press.
*(1999). Synchronicity. In M. Runco & S. Pritzer (Eds.) Encyclopedia of creativity, 2
(pp. 591-596). San Diego: Academic Press.
*(1998). Feeling Boys, Thinking Girls, and Judging Teachers: Talented Students and
the MBTI. Proceedings of the 1998 Conference of the Center for the Application of
Personality Types (CAPT) Conference in Orlando, Florida, March 8.
Piirto, J., Cassone, G., & Fraas, J. (1996, May 23). A study of intensity in talented
teenagers using the Overexcitability Questionnaire. Paper presented at The Second
Biennial Conference on Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration. May 22-26,
1996, Banff, Alberta, Canada. In the Proceedings also.
*(1994). Successful Creative Women Writers at Midlife. In N. Colangelo, S. Assouline,
& D. Ambroson (Eds.), Talent Development, II: Proceedings from 1993 Wallace
Symposium on Talent Development. (pp. 245-246). University of Iowa Press. With S.
*(1992). The Existence of Writing Prodigy: Children with Extraordinary Writing Talent.
In N. Colangelo, S. Assouline, & D. Ambroson (Eds.). Talent Development, I (pp. 387-
389). Unionville, NY: Trillium.
*(1990). The Effect of Early IQ on High School Achievement. Research Briefs.
National Association for Gifted Children.
OTHER * = refereed
*(1999, 2002 & 2005, and 2008). Author of chapter on giftedness and talent.
Exceptional Children, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th Editions. With W. Heward. Pearson.
Video Tape. (2001). “The History of Gifted Education.” Satellite Course. Coastal
*(2000). Featured author in special boxed section, Precocity as Hallmark of
Giftedness. In Exceptional Children, 5th Edition. W. Heward, Author. Merrill/Prentice-
*(1995). Featured author in special boxed section, "A New School Definition of
Giftedness" in Exceptional Children (3rd Edition), W. Heward. author. Prentice-
Audio Tape (2005 & 2006). “The Seven I’s of Creativity: Intuition.” National
Association for Gifted Children. with William Keilty, and “A New Educational
Psychology of Creativity.”
Audio Tape (2004). “The Seven I’s of Creativity: The Visitation of the Muse:
Inspiration.” National Association for Gifted Children.
Audio Tape: (2003). “The Values of Talented Adolescents Before and After
September 11, 2001. “ World Association for the Gifted Conference, August, 2003.
Audio Tape: (2002). “Depth psychology and giftedness: Bringing soul to the field.”
National Association for Gifted Children Conference, Denver, CO, November, 2002.
Audio Tape: (2001). “Creativity and spirituality. “ With F. Christopher Reynolds.
National Association for Gifted Children Conference, Cincinnati, OH, November, 2001.
Audio Tape: (2000). Is The Idea of Giftedness an Ideology? Symposium presented
with Aimee & Craig Howley and Jean Peterson. National Association for Gifted
Children Conference, Atlanta, November, 2000.
Audio Tape: (1998). Feeling Boys, Thinking Girls, and Judging Teachers: Talented
Students and the MBTI. CAPT Conference, Orlando, Florida, March 8, 1998.
Audio Tape. (1992). The Dabrowski Theory And Its Relationship to Giftedness.
Keynote speech at the SENG Conference. Minneapolis, MN.
Audio Tape: (1992). Understanding Those Who Create. Keynote speech at the SENG
Audio Tape: (1985). The Hunter College Campus Schools: A Validated Procedure
For The Identification of Young Gifted Children. With K. McCarthy. American
Association for School Administrators' Conference, Dallas, Texas.
(2003). Review of Levesque, L.C. (2001). Breakthrough creativity: Achieving top
performance using the eight creative talents. In Contemporary Psychology: APA
Review of Books, pp. 79-82. Editor, Robert Sternberg
(2002). Review of Tofler, I., & DiGeronimo, T.F. (2000). Keeping your kids out front
without kicking them from behind: How to nurture high-achieving athletes, scholars,
and performing artists. In Contemporary Psychology, 568-570.. Editor, Robert
(2001). Review of Bensman, D., (2000) Central Park East and its Graduates:
“Learning by Heart” in American Secondary Education.
(2001). Review of Khatena, J. (2000). Enhancing Creativity of Gifted Children. In High
Ability Studies: The Journal of the European Council for High Ability.
(1996.) Review of Bjork, J. (1993). B.F. Skinner. Gifted Child Quarterly, 40, (4), 193-
(1998). Review of Patrick Slattery. (1995). Curriculum Development in the
Postmodern Era. New York: Peter Lang. Gifted Child Quarterly, 42 (4).
(1997). Review of Barron, F. (1995). No rootless flower: An ecology of creativity. In
Creativity Research Journal, 10.
(1993). Review of B.F. Skinner book. Gifted Child Quarterly, 37 (3).
(1983). Review of Growing Up Gifted by Barbara Clark. Journal of Creative Children
(1983). Review of Freeman, J. (1982). Gifted children. Roeper Review.
(1991). An Ethnographic Case Study of a Pullout Program in a Blue-ribbon
Midwestern District. For U.S. Office of Educational Research and Improvement. U.S.
Dept. Of Education. Contracted research