Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Clayton First semester 2014 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Leonie Kronborg


This unit will examine the psychological aspects relevant to the development and functioning of gifted and talented children and adolescents. Topics include talent development and self-actualisation and the interplay between creativity, thinking skills and the structure of intelligence. Other issues deal with procedures for counselling gifted students and their families.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate basic knowledge of psychological aspects of gifted students, creativity and procedures for identifying these characteristics in children
  2. have knowledge and understanding of the social-emotional development of gifted and talented students
  3. have understanding of basic issues in counselling gifted children and their families
  4. have major approaches to education of gifted and talented children in relation to their social and emotional needs.


Reflective journal: summaries and reflections on assigned readings (5000 to 6000 words, 60%)
Class project/paper (2000 to 3000 words, 40%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 3 contact hours per week (flexible mode)

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week