Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2014


This unit focuses on theories of talent development in order to understand how to develop the talents of students. Diverse groups of talented students are described to offer in-depth knowledge and understanding of the varied identification processes and teaching strategies required to effectively educate these students, and to apply this knowledge in professional practice. Attention is paid to the importance of creativity, gender, mentoring and nurturing talented students' social and emotional development as a means to facilitating talent development.


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

  1. know and understand conceptual frameworks and theories of talent development
  2. outline approaches to identify and program for diverse gifted students including gifted students with learning disabilities, gifted students on the autism spectrum and underachieving gifted students
  3. appreciate how mentoring can be effective for developing diverse gifted students' talents
  4. understand creativity and the creative process and its influence on gifted students and their talent development
  5. examine giftedness and gender and how they interact to impact individuals' talent development
  6. recognise how social and emotional development of gifted students impacts the talent development process
  7. enhance their professional practice by the application and evaluation of a range of theories to students' talent development.


Reflective journal (5000 words, 60%)
Individual project comprising oral presentation (10%) and written presentation (30%) (3000 words equivalent, 40% in total)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face to face component of 12 hours over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for flexible students:

  • 12 contact hours and 24 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester or
  • 36 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

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