The development of a programme of identification, ..
The development of a programme of identification, new teaching methods and a chain oriented approach to prevent underachievement of gifted and talented
Date du début: 1 sept. 2015,
Date de fin: 31 août 2018
The students of The Netherlands, Slovenia and the Czech Republic perform low level on an international level with other countries. Just 5% of the Dutch primary students will obtain the highest level. For Slovenia and the Czech Republic this is 4%. Singapore (43%), England (18%) and Belgium (10%) are far beyond our level (GfK Intomart, 2014).
Talented students do not excel at this time during education as well as in their business career. Too often they feel that they are not being challenged in school, they become bored and under perform. This gave rise to the consortium to formulate the following problem definition:
How can talented encouraged to use their talents during their school career to prevent underachievement and early school leaving and what is needed in the context of cooperation between educational sectors and other stakeholders, the skills of teachers and teaching materials.
Personalised learning and continuous learning (Dutch: doorlopende leerlijn) and cooperation with other organisations than educational institutions are important principles. The project "Talent Education" has the following objectives:
1. Improving range of lessons for talented.
2. Strengthening the skills of the teachers.
3. Improving cooperation in and around education.
The coordinator of the project is SWVVO 2801. 17 partners (kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, universities) of Czech Republic, The Netherlands and Slovenia are involved in the project.
Since it is difficult for the coordinator to monitor the progress of so many partners. JJCM, Radovanek and ZVIS are designated as coordinating partners. They coordinate the activities in their region and monitor progress in their kindergartens, schools and universities. They also have the responsibility for communication and dissemination in their region. They have a large network and already have a significant role in the implementation of regional policy in the field of talent education. SWVVO 2801 is the implementing body for the Leiden Approach for talent development. JJCM and Radovanek are responsible for the regional implementation of the national policy in the Czech Republic in the field of talent education. ZVIS has a very large network and is an important partner in supporting teachers in the field of talent education in Slovenia.
To achieve the above objectives, a number of activities will be carried out. To better match the lessons with the needs of talented students, two new education packages developed: Metacognitive Skills and Design Thinking. To improve the skills of teachers in the context of teaching talented, training events are organised and manuals developed in the field of Practical Differentiation and identification of gifted students younger than 6 years. Besides expanding the curriculum and improving the skills of teachers, teaching can be improved with a better transfer between the education sectors and more cooperation with other organisations such as museums, cultural institutions, universities and industry. These organisations can contribute to the improvement of education. This cooperation is simulated in the regions of the partners by local or regional authorities.
To further develop the course of metacognitive skills, teachers are first trained in giving this curriculum. Then they will put this into practice and give feedback. The investigation of the implementation and feedback are done by a university (JCMM) and the manual will be developed by teachers of a school (SCOL).
For the curriculum of design thinking the method is first elaborated by an external agency (Bureau Talent). Then a training seminar will be organised for the teachers. During an exchange pupils execute assignments using design thinking. University (PLATO) evaluates and analysis the effects of the use of design thinking and a manual will be developed on this basis by teachers of a school (SCOL).
For the purpose of identifying gifted children in the kindergarten a manual will be developed by ZVIS. Here too, a cycle is completed of training, implementation, evaluation and drafting of a manual with tools and best practices.
The method of Practical Differentiation already exists. The University of Leiden (ICLON) will conduct an impact assessment and on this basis, prepare a manual, supplemented with best practices. The teachers are first trained, then they will implement what they have learned. This is followed by the effect measurement and the processing of the results in a manual.
For the purpose of the chain approach Leiden University (PLATO) will develop an evaluation tool with indicators that measure the extent to which there is cooperation between educational sectors and between education and other stakeholders. In addition, to facilitate this cooperation an IT tool developed by ZVIS (e-community).
The project contributes to the European objectives of improving the quality and efficiency of education and training and enhancing creativity.
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