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ERIC Number: EJ1129520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1855-9719
Gifted Education in Switzerland: Widely Acknowledged, but Obstacles Still Exist in Implementation
Mueller-Oppliger, Victor
Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, v4 n3 p89-110 2014
With its strong federalism and direct democracy, as well as the high level of autonomy of its cantons, Switzerland does not have mandatory national policies and regulations on gifted education. Responsibility for the promotion of high-end learners is in the hands of the cantonal boards of education, and depends largely on their current professional understanding and educational-political foresight, as well as on the political volition and priorities of the school authorities. Within this diversity, there are schools with excellent concepts and successful implementations regarding gifted education, while other schools have a poor understanding of individualisation and potential-oriented learning. The present article summarises the philosophy and key aspects of a contemporary realisation of local- or regional-based integrated gifted education that is related to supplementary arrangements for special needs. Strengths and weaknesses in the identification and promotion of the talented within the Swiss school system are outlined and discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Switzerland
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