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A Global Perspective on Gifted Education

Tim Dracup, Education Consultant, Gifted Education Advocate and Trustee of the National Association for Gifted Children looks at how countries worldwide support their gifted learners.
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A Global Perspective on Gifted Education

  1. 1. Webinar Series Global Perspectives On Gifted Education Presented by Tim Dracup Education Consultant, Gifted Advocate,Trustee - National Association for Gifted Children UK Supported by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, C.T.Y.I. & N.C.T.E.
  2. 2. Gifted and Talented Education: The Global Perspective A Webinar for Thursday 14 April 2011 by Tim Dracup Copyright: Tim Dracup @ 2011
  3. 3. Excellence and Equity Policies and personal positions are partly defined by the balance between excellence and equity. Equity involves improving the performance of the disadvantaged at a relatively faster rate, not depressing the performance of the advantaged. Where do you stand? Copyright: Tim Dracup @ 2011
  4. 4. Dracups Rule: The Three Key VariablesNB The extreme positions are tenable within gifted educationmaking it a very broad church indeed! Copyright: Tim Dracup @ 2011
  5. 5. Where Do You Stand?Where do you fit against the three polarities?Are you broadly liberal or broadly conservative?Or do you have a spiky profile?Do you hold different positions for different levels of giftedness, or are you broadly consistent?If there is a dissonance between your views and the policy of your state/country, can it be explained in these terms?Is there an orthodox position? Has it changed over time? Copyright: Tim Dracup @ 2011
  6. 6. Outline Copyright: Tim Dracup @ 2011
  7. 7. Globalisation Increasing worldwide economic integration, through trade, transport and communication Removes barriers to flow of goods, capital, services and labour Began at end of 19th Century; increased over last 40 years Global higher education market Global labour market, especially for highly-educated and highly- skilled The HE and labour markets need a pipeline to feed them Copyright: Tim Dracup @ 2011
  8. 8. Knowledge-based economiesRecognise the role of human capital in increasing economic growthHuman capital the key to economic competitiveness and success?Human capital is not just education: know-what (facts), know-why(science), know-how (skills), know who (networks)KBEs require knowledge workers, innovation, IT/communicationsexpertise, strong STEM skillsNational plans to transform countries into KBEs sometimes identifythe role of G&T education in the pipeline eg Hong Kong,Singapore, Saudi Arabia Copyright: Tim Dracup @ 2011
  9. 9. Human Capital Investment is not a Panacea More education does not necessarily produce more growth Education is only part of the equation The quality of education matters as much as the quantity Higher levels of education may signal innate ability International studies do not show clear results – importance of interaction with wider reforms Growth can generate education as well as vice-versa
  10. 10. The Economics of Gifted Education?Relatively little systematic study of the economic case forinvestment in gifted educationWhat is the effect on personal and social rates of return; on thegeneration of economic growth?Richard Florida: the creative classHanushek and Woessmann: the impact of cognitive ability oneconomic growthLa Griffe du Lion: Smart FractionRindemann, Sailer + Thompson: Smart Fractions defined againstinternational benchmarking studies Copyright: Tim Dracup @ 2011
  11. 11. Benchmarking or Policy Tourism (work inprogress)International Benchmarking (PISA, TIMSS, PIRLS) is highlyfashionableIt can show what is possible, inform national targets and trajectories,validate progress but...Can policy solutions be lifted from their environment and applied inanother context with equal success?Can policy elements be isolated and transferred piecemeal?Outcomes are a snapshot: there are timelags between policyimplementation and resultsIssues about benchmarking samples and test items Copyright: Tim Dracup @ 2011
  12. 12. Mentionmapp (Twitter) Copyright: Tim Dracup @ 2011
  13. 13. Touchgraph Facebook Browser Copyright: Tim Dracup @ 2011
  14. 14. The Role of Social Media Sharing knowledge and information was previously via books, research journals, conferences, training That was slow, inefficient, hierarchical, reliable Social media has brought immediacy, crowdsourcing, co- construction, democracy, unreliability Personal Learning Network via: – Connectors (blogs, Twitter, FB, SL) – Sifters (RSS, social bookmarking, search engines) – Organisers (multimedia aggregators, maps) Copyright: Tim Dracup @ 2011
  15. 15. The Unexploited Potential of Social Media Combining media and applications in new combinations... ...A powerful advocacy tool ...For international partnership and collaboration ...To crowdsource solutions ...To support student learning, professional development and research communities ...To extend the reach of traditional conferences and workshops ...To map and connect the multitude of disparate resources online Copyright: Tim Dracup @ 2011
  16. 16. International Quality Standards?Common flexible standards framework for national and state-wideprovisionDefined elements; 3 tiers – entry, improving, exemplaryLinked improvement trajectory and benchmarksAn audit, evaluation, improvement planning and advocacy toolA lingua franca for comparative analysis and researchA basis for organising an online library of support material(exemplifying variation of practice within standards) Copyright: Tim Dracup @ 2011
  17. 17. International Observatory and ResearchNetwork?Open access global gifted education databaseOpen access online gifted education research libraryResearch map shows under-researched and over-researched areasSocial media network supports collaborative peer-to-peer andmaster-student interactionAccredited online and blended learning opportunities Copyright: Tim Dracup @ 2011
  18. 18. International Federation of ParentsOrganisations? Single online meeting point for all national and state parents associations Build online map/repository of information and resources Link together multiple forums/listservs Deploy full armoury of multimedia collaboration tools Foster bilateral and multilateral partnership Pool resources to achieve economies of scale Accredit best practice; publicise worst practice Influence international bodies and national governments Copyright: Tim Dracup @ 2011
  19. 19. My Global Perspective Copyright: Tim Dracup @ 2011
  20. 20. Your Global Perspectives? Copyright: Tim Dracup @ 2011
  21. 21. Thanks – and for more please visit... @GiftedPhoenix Gifted Phoenixs Blog Copyright: Tim Dracup @ 2011
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  23. 23. Connect . . – – – – ‒ ‒ ‒ Webinar recordings are available
  24. 24. The 7th Global Virtual Meeting for Gifted Education April 23rd 2011 at 9pm CEST, 8pm GMT in SecondLife Guest Speaker: Professor George Betts USA To Join: 1. Please create an avatar in secondlife ( is/avatar/?lang=en-US) 2. Send your avatar´s name to info@begabungszentrum- 3. To participate in this meeting you need a headset. 4. The meeting will take place in /Degar/229/86/5924