Clinkenbeard, Pamela

At UW-Whitewater


Pamela R. Clinkenbeard, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Foundations at UW-Whitewater.  She teaches courses primarily in educational psychology, educational research, and the psychology and education of gifted and talented students.  Dr. Clinkenbeard completed her master's and doctorate in psychology at Purdue University with emphases in educational psychology, gifted education, and child/adolescent development.  Her research interests include the development of student motivation, psychology and education of gifted students, neuroscience of early childhood giftedness, and policy research on diversity and economics in gifted education.


  • Ph.D. Purdue University, 1984 (Psychology: educational psychology, gifted education)
    Related Area: Child/adolescent development
  • M.S. Purdue University, 1980 (Psychology: educational, developmental, gifted education)
  • B.A. DePauw University, 1977 (Psychology; minors in communications and mental health administration)


  • EDFDNPRC 210  Introduction to Education and Teaching
  • EDFOUND 212   Educational Psychology
  • EDFOUND 481/681  Human Abilities and Learning
  • EDFOUND 780   Reading, Analyzing, and Evaluating Educational Research
  • EDFOUND 781   Foundations of Gifted and Talented Education

Selected Publications

  • Clinkenbeard, P. R. (2014). Motivation and goals. In C. Callahan & J. Plucker (Eds.), Critical issues and practices in gifted education: What the research says (2nd ed.). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.
  • Clinkenbeard, P. R. (2012). Motivation and gifted students: Implications of theory and research. Psychology in the Schools, 49, 622-630.
  • Clinkenbeard, P. R. (2012). Neuroscience and young children: Implications for the diversity of gifted programming. In R. F. Subotnik, A. Robinson, C. M. Callahan, & E. J. Gubbins (Eds.), Malleable minds: Translating insights from psychology and neurosciences to gifted education (pp. 197-207). Storrs, CT: National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, University of Connecticut.
  • Robinson, A., & Clinkenbeard, P.R. (2008). History of giftedness: Perspectives from the past presage modern scholarship.  In S. Pfieffer (Ed.), Handbook on giftedness in children: Psycho-educational theory, research, and best practices (pp. 13-31). New York, NY: Springer Science.
  • Clinkenbeard, P. R. (2007). Economic arguments for gifted education. Gifted Children, 2(1), 6-7.
  • Sternberg, R. J., Grigorenko, E. L., Ferrari, M., & Clinkenbeard, P. R. (1999). A triarchic analysis of an aptitude-treatment interaction. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 15, 3-13.

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