OnlineSession 2,3N/A

Unit description

Introduces students to the study of teaching Gifted and Talented students in the mainstream classroom. This unit focuses on the teacher's task of meeting the learning needs of able learners and the need to differentiate the curriculum to provide a challenging and motivating learning environment. Students will become aware of the methods by which able children are identified and how to address the social and emotional needs they exhibit in the educational environment.

Unit content

  • Definitions of giftedness and talent
  • Clarification of ideas about giftedness/talent and their implications for schooling and parenting
  • Identification of children with specific talents, utilising:
    • school performance measures
    • specific checklists, involving parent/peer/teacher/self-nomination
    • intelligence tests (issues of suitability and validity)
  • Individual behaviour, learning and emotional characteristics of gifted children
  • Social and emotional aspects of giftedness: peer relations; social-emotional needs; building appropriate self-esteem and motivational levels; counselling support
  • Underachievement:
    • recognition and remediation
    • awareness of talented students within Australian minority groups
  • Differentiating the curriculum to meet the learning needs of gifted children
  • Development of knowledge and skills associated with fostering talented behaviour
  • Collaborative home-school/community partnerships to support gifted and talented students
  • State and national policies on the education of gifted children.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • This is available as an e-book: Rimm, S.B., Siegle, D.B. & Davis, G. A. , 2018, Education of the Gifted and Talented , 7th Edition, Pearson, New York. ISBN: 978-0-13-457577-3.

Session 3

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning Self paced (Self paced)
Discussion board20%

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Fee information


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