An overview of new developments concerning the ECHA training in (and possibly outside) Europe

An overview of new developments concerning the ECHA training in (and possibly outside) Europe

An overview of new developments concerning the ECHA training in (and possibly outside) Europe

Symposium316Enikö Orsolya Bereczki, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary; Christian Fischer, University of Münster, Germany; Mariska Poelman, Radboud University, Netherlands; Ulrike Kempter, Pädagogische Hochschule Oberösterreich, Austria

Central AmericaThu 15:45 - 17:15

Balanced research and practice

A major aim of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) is to act as a communication network to promote the exchange of information among people interested in high ability – educators, researchers, psychologists, parents and the highly able themselves. ECHA also aims to enhance the study and development of potential excellence in people.One of the ways to reach this aim is training people to become ECHA-Specialists in Gifted Education. Making educators aware of the potentials and problems of highly able students often changes the school climate and helps to overcome possible prejudices against high ability.

In every ECHA conference to date, we have presented an update on ECHA training, which is offered in several European countries: the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Hungary. Two years in a row of Covid-19 situation now has forced many trainers to switch to remote teaching, a challenge that has also to be met and discussed during the symposium. Thus the Educational Board of ECHA would warmly welcome more countries to join the group of ECHA Specialists in Europe and abroad!

Presentation 1: Technology-based gifted education: The development of a course to promote gifted education teachers’ technological pedagogical content knowledge

While much emphasis has been placed on technology-based teaching and learning for general education, the role of technology to support the needs of students with gifts and talents have received less attention up until recent years. Students with high abilities have differentiated needs, and research on the effectiveness of technology-based gifted education interventions and services show promising results. In order to prepare teachers to leverage the potential of technology in gifted education, we have designed a blended professional development course focusing specifically on improving in-service teachers’ technological pedagogical content knowledge in the area of gifted education at Eötvös Loránd University’s Institute of Education.This presentation will provide an overview of this course and its initial evaluation. Our presentation will help other higher education institutions and professional development providers to design CPDs for practitioners by which they can acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for technology integration in gifted programming.Keywords: technology-based gifted education, course development, blended learning, professional development

Presentation 2: ECHA-Teacher Training in Germany: Current challenges and Further Developments in the 21st Century

The International Center for the Study of Giftedness at the University of Münster has been offering ECHA trainings for teachers in Germany since 2001 in cooperation with the Center for the Study of Giftedness at the University of Nijmegen. Since then, more than 600 teachers in Germany have received the European Advanced Diploma for teaching gifted and talented children adequately including a special focus on gifted minorities and twice exceptional children. These `Specialists in Gifted Education and Talent Development´ play an important role in sustainably improving gifted education and talent support, innovating school development addressing diversity, equity and inclusion. The ECHA Training focusses on theoretical, diagnostic, didactic and communicative competencies in gifted education and talent development combined with innovation and implementation competencies in school development. The current challenges of globalization underline the necessity for further development of the ECHA training with an increasing focus on digitally supported personalized learning in addition to education for sustainability. Thus the ECHA training intends to contribute to a future-oriented promotion of giftedness and sustainable development of talents in the 21st century in line with the vision and goals of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA).Keywords: sustainable gifted education, implementation of gifted education, school development, digitally supported learning

Presentation 3: ECHA Specialists in Gifted Education make a difference

Who are the gifted students and what defines them? What are the different ways in which their needs can be served? How do you know if the gifted programme for your students is of high quality? How can you influence policy in gifted education in your country?

At the Radboud International High Ability Training Programme (RITHA), it is our goal to increase the knowledge and experience of those who identify, educate and counsel gifted students in primary, secondary and higher education all over the world. We believe that well-trained professionals can make a valuable contribution to improved education for all students, including those who are most talented.

The Radboud International Training on High Ability (RITHA) is a postgraduate, research based training programme that offers the opportunity to become an ECHA Specialist in Gifted Education.

Twenty-five years after the start of the first ECHA training in Nijmegen, the blended form of this same training (RITHA) started for the first time in 2017. Students from Croatia, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, and Hong Kong are now joining this new ECHA training.Keywords: influence on policy, identification, counselling, postgraduate training, international trainees, blended learning.

Presentation 4: Clever together: School Quality Management with the help of ECHA Specialists

The ECHA training programme in Austria is offered to graduated educators from kindergarden to university level and members of the educational staff working in regional policy.This programme has successfully been implemented in most federal states and comprises 3 types of training offers, varying in duration, complexity and graduation: a practitioner course (15 ECTS), an advanced programme (30 ECTS) and a Master programme (90 ECTS), the formats ranging from lectures to workshops and blended learning.The training itself provides profound knowledge of educational and psychological diagnostics, neurobiology, motivational psychology, diversity management as well as effective practice of learning environments and teaching strategies for gifted, well and highly gifted students, not only in regular classroom settings, but beyond, in an atmosphere of trust, esteem and care. Moreover school quality management has become an important focus of the training especially on the Master`s level as policy makers and representatives of schoolboards are realizing that ECHA trained teachers are making a difference in learning for all the students.For further improvement of the training that has gained high acceptance among teachers we are trying to integrate a group of highly underestimated learners, apprentices with their mainly practical intelligence.Keywords: ECHA training programme in Austria, school quality management, vocational training, practical intelligence

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