Classroom Strategies:Gifted Education

Subject EDUC90193 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 18 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.


Dr John Munro


Education Student Centre
Subject Overview: This subject examines the teaching of students who are intellectually gifted and talented. It examines (1) a general model for teaching gifted learners; (2) using the learning characteristics of gifted and talented students to identify the most appropriate instructional and pedagogic procedures; (3) implementing differentiated teaching and assessment based on identified categories of gifted learning (verbal gifted knowledge, mathematical gifted knowledge, nonverbal gifted knowledge); (4) the influence of culture on gifted and talented teaching procedures (teaching indigenous gifted students, students from other cultures; (5) gifted learning disabled students, their learning characteristics, identification and teaching; (6) classroom environment procedures likely to facilitate gifted learning (for example, grouping strategies, classroom management, peer and teacher/student relationships.
Objectives: On subject completion you should be able to:
  • critically analyse and evaluate contemporary theories of gifted and talented learning and development in terms of their relevance for teaching practice and education;
  • develop and implement relevant selection and assessment procedures that are supported by current research in gifted and talented learning;
  • recommend appropriate instructional and pedagogic procedures; and
  • evaluate the effectiveness of assessment and education programmes intended for use with gifted learners from a contemporary research base.
Assessment: A critical examination (review and analysis, approx 4,000 words) of an aspect in the education of gifted learners and its implications for teaching.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: Davis, G.A. & Rimm, S.B. (2003). Education of the gifted and talented. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

Heller, K.A., Monks, F.J., Sternberg, R.J. & Subotnik, R.F. (Eds.). (2000). International Handbook of Giftedness and Talent, Second Edition, (pp. 3-21). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Maker, J. & Neilson, A.B. (1996). Curriculum Development and Teaching Strategies for Gifted Learners. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.

Montgomery, D. (2003). Gifted and talented children with special educational needs: double exceptionality. London: David Fulton.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject you should be able to:
  • critically analyse contemporary approaches to the teaching of students who are gifted and talented in terms of current theories of gifted learning; develop a problem solving approach to design of effective pedagogy according to individual and group learning characteristics;
  • develop skills in communicating effective instructional practice to teachers, parents and students;
  • use the model of learning developed in lectures to implement effective teaching and pedagogy;
  • work in a team with other educational professionals to analyse instructional and management procedures, assessment and education programmes;
  • display positive attitudes to the implementation of effective instruction for students who are gifted and talented.
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Related Course(s): Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Generalist)
Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Generalist)

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