Nijmegen, Netherlands

Excellence Beyond Borders: Breaking down Barriers in Gifted Education

when 9 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 600

For a long time we believed that smart students would make it on their own. That, however, is a misconception.

Smart students 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 not necessarily make it on their own, they need parents, teachers and counsellors who have the necessary knowledge and experience to offer the needed support.

Giftedness is more than IQ. Physical, musical, social and creative abilities are involved. In this course, you will study how personal characteristics – like 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?
Practical strategies will be explored and developed during the course.

We will focus 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 do not 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. And beyond national borders.

This international Master’s specialisation will train you to be a scientist practitioner. After completion, you will be able to use both knowledge and skills in your work as a psychologist, pedagogue, teacher, educational advisor, policy maker, or researcher at schools, school advisory services, (governmental) organisations and research centres.

Course leader

Dr. Lianne Hoogeveen
Programme director Radboud International Training for High Ability (RITHA), lecturer Behavioral Sciences, Researcher Behavior Science Institute (BSI), psychologist CBO Talent Development,
Faculty of Social Sciences
Radboud Univers

Target group

• Advanced Bachelor
• Master
• PhD
• Post-doc
• Professional

This course is designed for students (advanced bachelor, master and PhD), researchers and professionals (with an interest for) working in the field of gifted education and care.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:

1. Consider information about giftedness and talent critically
2. Translate knowledge and abilities concerning identification, education and counselling of the gifted and talented to a scientifically based own assessment
3. Recognize and (re)act to (psycho)social and biological factors that can influence the education of the gifted and talented
4. Encourage expertise of colleagues in gifted education and care

Fee info

EUR 600: The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.

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