EDF4512 - Gifted education - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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




Dr Leonie Kronborg

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


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 students
  5. explore and develop differentiated instructional strategies and curricula which challenge a range of abilities and are suitable for mainstream classrooms.


Reflective journal (2400 words, 60%)

Practical application: a differentiated curriculum unit (1600 words, 40%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 24 contact hours over the semester
  2. Additional requirements
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours over the semester

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Enrolment in pre-service teacher education course