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Nielsen Pereira

Assistant Professor
Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies
Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI)
Department of Educational Studies


Design and assessment of learning in varied gifted and talented education contexts Understanding gifted and talented student experiences in talent development programs in and out of school

Conceptual, contextual, and measurement issues in the identification of gifted and talented populations.

Appointments on National/International Organizations

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Advanced Academics
  • Editorial Board Member, Gifted Child Quarterly
  • Associate Editor, Gifted and Talented International
  • Program Chair, Special Populations Network, National Association for Gifted Children
  • Chair, Division D Membership Committee, American Educational Research Association


Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2011, Educational Psychology (Gifted and Talented Education)
M.A. Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, 2006, Applied Linguistics (Second Language Acquisition)
B.A. Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, 2003, English Education

Selected Publications

  • Jordan, S. S., Pereira, N., Dalrymple, O. (2016). The impact of design swapping on student design sketch quality. International Journal of Engineering Education, 32, 1984-2016.
  • Pereira, N., Knots. J. D., & Roberts, J. L. (2015). Current status of twice-exceptional students: A look at legislation and policy in the United States. Gifted and Talented International, 30, 122-134.
  • Gentry, M., Pereira, N., Peters, S. J., McIntosh, J., Fugate, C. M. (2015). HOPE Teacher Rating Scale: Administration manual. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.
  • Pereira, N., & de Oliveira, L. C. (2015). Meeting the linguistic needs of gifted English language learners: What teachers need to know. Teaching Exceptional Children, 47, 208-215.
  • Pereira, N., & Gentry, M. (2013).  A qualitative inquiry into the experiences of gifted English language learners in Midwestern schools. Journal of Advanced Academics, 24, 164-194.
  • Pereira, N. & Gates, J. (2013). Perceived classroom management needs of pre-service teachers. Kentucky Teacher Education Journal, 2, 1-17.
  • Pereira, N., Peters, S. J., & Gentry, M. (2010). The My Class Activities instrument as used in Saturday enrichment program evaluation. Journal of Advanced Academics, 21, 568-593.
  • de Oliveira, L. C., & Pereira, N. (2008). “Sink or Swim”: The challenges and needs of teachers of English language learners. INTESOL Journal, 5, 77-86.


Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Studies
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
2011-2014 Assistant Professor
School of Teacher Education
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
2012-2014 Talent Development Programs Instructor
The Center for Gifted Studies
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
2007-2011 Graduate Assistant, Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI)
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
2008 Talent Development Programs Instructor
Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI)
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
2003-2006 Teacher - English as a Foreign Language
Instituto Cultural Brasileiro Norte-Americano
Porto Alegre, Brazil


EDPS 54000       
Gifted, Creative, and Talented Children
EDPS 54500
Social and Affective Development of Gifted Students