Netherlands, Nijmegen

Gifted Education

when 8 August 2016 - 12 August 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 595

For a long time we believed that smart children would make it on their own. That, however, is a misconception. Smart children can rapidly adapt to expectations and their peers, thus covering up their giftedness. As a result, their talents are lost and a learning or behavioural disability could even arise. So, no, they may not necessarily make it on their own, they need parents, teachers and counsellors who have the necessary knowledge and experience to offer the support needed.

Giftedness is more than IQ. Physical, musical, social and creative abilities are involved. In this course you will study how personal characteristics , such as motivation and performance anxiety, abilities and surroundings influence each other. We will discuss how to identify the needs of a gifted student. Gut feelings will be compared with research results. You are asked to be critical, discussing difficult situations like ‘how do we encourage talent without being elitists?’, ‘do we want people to excel?’.

You will be critical of both the way you work and your own talents and talent development. You will investigate the conflict between stimulating talent and being fearful of doing so. Do we want people to excel? Do we dare excel ourselves?

There will be special attention for the young child. You will examine issues from early years education and consider how these relate to young gifted children in school and pre-school. In particular it will explore how existing activities within the early years can be adapted and/or used to support gifted young children. As well as examining theories related to early years, practical strategies will be explored and developed during the course. The focus of this part of the course will be on learning and the learner thus moving us beyond issues of identification allowing teachers the opportunity to think about provision and support.

Many gifted students are often bored at school and don’t find the curriculum challenging enough. We will look at enrichment and extension activities available to the gifted child in both school and outside school environments. Gifted students can, for example, benefit from taking university style courses with the exposure to new material and the more challenging curriculum providing the additional academic stimulation. This also has a social benefit with the students getting to mix with like-minded peers. The course will look at successful applications of enrichment models and help participants to set up similar style programmes in their own environments.

International experts will challenge you to look beyond the accepted views on giftedness. To look beyond protocols even beyond the Netherlands. This international Master’s specialisation will train you to be a practicing scientist. After completion you will be able to use both knowledge and skills in your work as a pedagogue, teacher, educational advisor, policy maker, or researcher at schools, school advisory services, (governmental) organisations and research centres.

Course leader

Dr. A.J.M. Hoogeveen
Head of the Radboud Center of the Study of Giftedness (CBO)
Faculty of Social Sciences
Pedagogical and Educational Sciences (PWO)
Radboud University

Target group

Students, post-docs and professionals (with an interest for) working in the field of gifted education.

Course aim

- Apply general theories of giftedness in pedagogical and didactic settings;
- Apply the learning to your own work setting;
- Disseminate a scientific based vision on gifted education to colleagues, administration and policy makers.
- Show critical understanding of the theories and principles related to gifted education, drawing on a range of literature and using reflection on practical experience to evaluate them.
- Analyse legislation and policy relating to gifted education in light of the theories and research critically.
- Use the theories and research to analyse critically the experiences of learners and the quality of gifted education in a familiar context and to identify and justify improvement action.
- Present clear opinions and positions on the issues raised, based on personal reflection in ways that demonstrate empathy with people.
- Use practical tools to help you work with gifted students in their work environment.

Fee info

EUR 595: The course fee includes the registration fee, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.

10% discount for early bird applicants. The early bird deadline is 1 April 2016.
15% discount for students and PhD candidates from Radboud University and partner universities.
EUR 195: Housing (optional)