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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Gippsland Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Gippsland First semester (Open Learning) 2011 (Open Learning)
Coordinator(s)Dr Margaret Plunkett (DE/Open Learning, Gippsland); and Dr Leonie Kronborg (On-campus, Clayton)


This unit provides a framework for students to understand giftedness and the practices associated with gifted education from a theoretical perspective, and through the assessment tasks provides opportunities for both critically reflective appraisal and practical application of new understandings. It requires students to critically examine current understandings and practices relating to teaching highly able students from a national and international perspective. A focus of the unit is on development of differentiated curricula to engage all ability levels and gifted students in particular.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. examine their beliefs about giftedness and gifted behaviour and critique these in relation to research findings;
  2. identify issues and practices associated with identification of and provision for gifted students;
  3. reflect on and evaluate the theory and practice relating to pedagogical and organisational strategies associated with the field of gifted education;
  4. interpret and utilise models used in a range of national and international settings to cater for gifted student; and
  5. explore and develop differentiated instructional strategies and curricula which challenge a range of abilities and are suitable for mainstream classrooms


Assessment task 1: Reflective journal (3,000 words, 70%) and Assessment task 2: Practical application - a differentiated curriculum unit (1,000 words, 30%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Margaret Plunkett (Gippsland)

Contact hours

3 (max) contact hours per week


Enrolment in pre-service teacher education qualification Bachelor of Education or Graduate Diploma of Education