Netherlands, Nijmegen

Excellence Beyond Borders: Breaking down Barriers in Gifted Education

when 13 August 2018 - 17 August 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 635

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 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 necessary support.

Giftedness is more than IQ. Physical, musical, social, and creative abilities are all 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 to research results. You are asked to be critical, discussing difficult situations like 'how do we encourage talent without being elitists? 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; giving 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 both in and outside of 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 ECHA Training Radboud CSW
Radboud University

Target group

Advanced bachelor, Master, PhD, Postdoc, Professional. Students (advanced bachelor, master and PhD), researchers and professionals (with an interest in) working in the field of gifted education.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:
- 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 critically legislation and policy relating to gifted education in light of the theories and research
- 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 635: The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.


We offer several reduced fees:
€ 572   early bird discount – deadline 1 April 2018 (10%)
€ 540   partner + RU discount (15%)
€ 476   early bird + partner discount (25%)

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