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Gifted Education

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Gifted students are those whose potential is distinctly above average in one or more of the following domains : intellectual, creative, social and physical. Talented students are those whose skills are distinctly above average in one or more areas of human performance. 1

These are linked to Gagne’s earlier work as in this document and demonstrated in his Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent in diagrammatic form. Other models also exist.

Within the Australian system, gifted education can be found with individual students on special programs, within individual classrooms, in specialist classrooms such as OC Classes in NSW, in selective high schools, in specialist high schools, curriculum differentiation, through early entry to schooling and through accelerated progression once within the system.

No individual method is best for all students. Gifted children are individuals and learn best in different ways and situations. They should be matched with the best system possible for them. If this can be done, then there should be maximum achievement and pleasure with their learning.

This page looks at information that includes research, media, related programs and other sources of information about the gifted.

The First Page looks at Gifted programs, system support, associations, support groups and other information for all Australian states & Territories plus other Australian information.



  • An Investigation of Teachers’ Awareness and Willingness to Engage …
    With a Self-Directed Professional Development Package on Gifted and Talented Education. 2015; Kylie T Fraser-Seeto, Steven J Howard, Stuart Woodcock. ‘This quantitative study of 96 primary school teachers aimed to provide an initial insight into the knowledge and uptake of the 2005 DEST/GERRIC Gifted and Talented Education Professional Development Package for Teachers’.
  • Dual Exceptionality
    Ed. Catherine Wormald, Wilma Vialle. ‘Download the complete book or individual chapters’ in PDF format.
  • Establishing Positive Relationships …
    With Secondary Gifted Students and Students with Emotional/Behavioural Disorders : Giving These Diverse Learners What They Need2014; Trevor Capern, Lorraine Hammond. ‘The relationships between teachers and their students play a vital role in the creation of positive learning outcomes and environments for all learners, but particularly for those individuals with diverse needs. This study examined the teacher behaviours that contributed to positive student-teacher relationships with’ both groups.
  • Identifying High Academic Potential in Australian Aboriginal children using dynamic testing
    2015; Graham W Chaffey, Stan B Bailey, Ken W Vine. ‘The primary purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of dynamic testing as a method for identifying high academic potential in Australian Aboriginal children. The present study has implications for both gifted education and Aboriginal education generally’. Not free, but minimal cost or gain access through other venues.
  • Looking smart is not the ultimate goal : An examination of a gifted and talented Science Program
    2011; Kym S Tan. Thesis document looking at the implementation of such a program and what the results indicated in terms of deeper understanding of the area.


  • Gifted Students’ Implicit Beliefs About Intelligence and Giftedness
    2015; Matthew C Makel, et al. ‘Growing attention is being paid to individuals’ implicit beliefs about the nature of intelligence. However, implicit beliefs about giftedness are currently under-examined. In the current study, we examined academically gifted adolescents’ implicit beliefs about both intelligence and giftedness’. USA.
  • Gifted Students with a Coexisting Disability : The Twice Exceptional
    2015; Steven I Pfeiffer. ‘.This article examines a few key issues about the twice exceptional student and then discusses what we know about the gifted students with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and gifted students with learning disabilities. The article also provides a brief discussion on suicide and the gifted stud’. USA.
  • Investigation of Scientific Creativity of Eighth Grade Gifted Students
    2014; Mustafa Serdar K√∂ksal, et al. ‘The purpose of this study is to investigate scientific creativity of eighth grade gifted students. Participants of the study included purposefully selected 20 eighth grade gifted students’. Read online or connect to download. Turkey.
  • Meet, Prey, Like : A study of gifted girls’ interactions with Social Media
    2015; Eunice Gaerlan-Price. ‘Explores gifted teenage girls’ lived experiences of Facebook, utilising phenomenological research on the experiences of five female students in high profile leadership roles in their secondary schools. The findings suggest these participants experienced a complex juggling act ’. New Zealand.
  • Myths about Gifted Students
    2010; National Association for Gifted Children. ‘A list of the most prevalent myths in gifted education with evidence rebutting each of them. This list was developed from a longer list of myths’. USA.
  • Parenting gifted and talented children in urban areas : Parents’ Voices
    2014; Valsa Koshy, Carole Portman Smith, Joanna Brown. ‘The current study explored the dilemmas of parenting academically high ability children from economically deprived urban areas in the UK’. UK.
  • Social and Emotional Issues of Gifted Young Children
    2013; Carola Sampson. ‘There are the obvious behaviours like the way he/she talks or reads or creates a piece of art or solves a difficult puzzle problem which can be easily recognised as superior, but there are also aspects that are less obvious, yet those need to be understood as well’. New Zealand
  • Talented Tertiary Students : A Largely “Forgotten” Group within the Tertiary Sector ?
    2014; Lynda Garrett, Christine Rubie-Davies. ‘The small-scale study reported here sought to ascertain the experiences of talented undergraduate students across four faculties within one university’. New Zealand
  • The Discovery of the Traits of Gifted and Talented Students in ICT
    2014; Mazalah Ahmad, et al. ‘Findings of the study discussed the pattern of talent development among the gifted and talented individuals in ICT from the aspects of life background, educational background, education and experience in ICT, and the support factors towards talent development’. Canada.
  • Understanding the Social And Emotional Needs of Gifted Children
    2013; Jennifer Murdock-Smith. ‘This article addresses the social, emotional and academic needs of gifted children and discusses the implications for school counsellors and school counselling education programs’. USA.

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Other Information


State associations are listed with state & territory links on the First Page.

Conferences : Events

General Sites

  • Academic Acceleration
    To think deeply about the value/validity of acceleration, this is the place to go. Extensive list of annotated links.


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Includes films and other media formats relating to the gifted.

  • A Beautiful Mind
    ‘The life of John Forbes Nash, Nobel Laureate [Economics] mathematician’. Wikipedia.
  • Forgotten Genius
    ‘African-American chemist Percy Julian became one of the great scientists of the 20th century’. Has links to media. Wikipedia.
  • Little Man Tate
    ‘The story of Fred Tate, a 7 year old child prodigy who struggles to self-actualise in a social and psychological construct that largely fails to accommodate his intelligence’. Wikipedia
  • Shine
    About David Helfgott, a brilliant pianist who suffered a mental breakdown and spent years in institutions. Wikipedia.
  • Top 10 Myths in Gifted Education
    Eight minute video produced and screened at a conference in 2010.


  • Future Problem Solving Program [Australia]
    Check out the FAQs here.
  • Future Problem Solving Program
    [International site]
  • Tournament of Minds
    Australian problem solving ‘tournament’ at primary and secondary levels.
  • WebQuest.Org
    Claimed to be ‘the most complete and current source of information about the WebQuest Model’. Find, create, share webquests, discover resources, more.
  • WiseOnes
    ‘Support service for children who are of significantly higher potential than others their own age. This is provided in your school and in school time.’ Fee-based. This page is currently being updated.


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1. Gifted and Talented, Gateways, 7 November 2016. Web. 7 November 2016.

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