01 Sep Working with the “Overlooked” Gifted – (gifted but not High Achieving)
Working with the “Overlooked” Gifted – (gifted but not High Achieving)
Workshop216David Rempel, IU International University of Applied Sciences, Erlangen, Germany; Catalina Backhoff, IU International University of Applied Sciences, Erlangen, Germany
Europe 2Thu 15:45 - 17:15
Balanced research and practice
Research shows misunderstandings are the core of most of the arising conflicts for the gifted, throughout the lifespan. These are typically caused by a difficult self-perception, as well as differences in preferences, habits, and individual perception. Raising awareness of giftedness, as well as implementing a trustful, tolerant, and appreciative culture(s), to openly communicate feedback, to discuss individual boundaries, and potential wishes, are identified as promising factors to create a conducive environment. Efforts from all involved, as well as allowing adjustments wherever possible, can then not only prevent potential conflicts, but can even allow the gifted mind to satisfy a variety of different interests and the need for creative, innovative, and challenging tasks. Appreciating individuality, and flexibility, should therefore be implemented as key elements of a talent nurturing environment to give gifted the best chance to find balance and to unleash their tremendous talent.