ERIC Number: ED341188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
An Educational Project for Exceptionally Gifted Children.
Exceptionally gifted children need special education because their needs are not fully met by standard educational programs. In standard programs, exceptionally gifted children waste time in acquiring basic knowledge that should be spent on more specialized knowledge, and can easily get bored and frustrated. Entry into primary school should take place when the child exhibits psychological maturity and a need to learn to read. The basic curriculum should be condensed for these students, and special attention should be given to thought analysis and to weak points such as writing and presentation. Careful consideration of extra activities, teaching methods, and social integration should also take place. The lower secondary years should offer the normal curriculum while emphasizing extra activities, an interdisciplinary approach, and the acquisition of an extensive literary background. Exceptionally gifted children in upper secondary schools should be in classes with the best pupils from the ordinary educational system. Such a system of suitable schooling from the outset would enable a large number of young people to go on to higher education at a research-oriented university and focus on genuinely academic higher education rather than tertiary studies of a more vocational nature. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Europe, Strasbourg (France).
Identifiers: Europe; Exceptionally Gifted
Note: Paper presented at the Educational Research Workshop on Gifted Children and Adolescents, Research and Education in Europe (Nijmegen, The Netherlands, July 23-26, 1991).