Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Dr Leonie Kronborg


The nature of specific talents. Procedures to identify these talents. The nature of creativity, its assessment and strategies for development. The variation between the special populations of the gifted in respect to their needs and development.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should:

  • be able to describe the nature of specific talents and procedures to identify them;
  • be aware of the differing views of creativity and its assessment;
  • be able to apply the process for developing a mentoring program;
  • have an understanding of the needs, identification procedures and development of young (pre-school) gifted children;
  • have an understanding of the needs and development of prodigies and children with exceptionally high intellectual potential;
  • have an understanding of gifted children with learning disabilities in relation to their needs, assessment and appropriate programming procedures;
  • be able to identify gifted girls and have an understanding of their needs in order for them to realise their potential;
  • have an understanding of key issues in addressing the needs of gifted children with sensory or physical disabilities; be able to identify and cater for the needs of gifted under achievers;
  • have an understanding of the social and emotional development of gifted children and strategies to support their individual needs.


A Reflective Journal (recorded summaries and reflections on assigned readings) (5-6000 words): 60%
Individual project/seminar paper [including a Class presentation -10%] (3500-4000 words in total): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Leonie Kronborg

Contact hours

3 hours per week