Who are the gifted students and what defines them? What are the different ways in which their needs can be served? How do you know if the gifted programme for your students is of high quality? How can you influence policy in gifted education in your country?
At the Radboud International High Ability Training Programme (RITHA), it is our goal to increase the knowledge and experience of those who identify, educate and counsel gifted students in primary, secondary and higher education all over the world. We believe that well-trained professionals can make a valuable contribution to improved education for all students, including those who are most talented.
The Radboud International Training on High Ability is a postgraduate, blended, training programme, consisting of 30 EC, spread out over 18 months. RITHA is a high quality, research based, training programme. It offers you the opportunity to learn all you’d like to know about gifted education: from the Foundations, through all Critical Issues, to being invited to Reflect on Gifted Education yourself. And of course you can freely choose the electives of your preference.
The RITHA programme is divided into four blocks:
Block 1: Foundations of Gifted Education
You will be given a scientifically-based framework for gifted education and you will learn where to find and how to critically review new information, on which you will develop and build your own personal views and practices.
Opening seminar: Introduction to Gifted Education
Setting the scene and...
1. Learning about the topics of Giftedness & Gifted Education
2. Getting to know your fellow students
3. Getting to know yourself as a learner
Personal learning plan
Educating the Gifted and Talented Youth
Block 2: Critical Issues in Gifted Education
Together with international experts from the field, you will further explore and expand your knowledge and skills in one of the previously covered topics.
You will choose one of the following:
• Social and Emotional Issues of Gifted Students
Midterm seminar: Stepping stones: what do you know, know what you need
You will gain a more in-depth understanding by:
1. Focusing on different themes in Gifted Education
2. Proposing your Final Product; this may be a scientific article, but it may also be another type of product (such as a scientifically-based informative brochure or website, a video, …)
Block 3: To Put Theory into Practice
You will implement what you’ve learned and will put theory into practice during your internship. You will improve your professional skills and contribute to serving the field of gifted education. During your internship, you will receive support in the form of a practical online course about educating and counselling the gifted. A personal supervisor will also provide support by answering any specific questions that you may have about the activities that you will be doing.
Block 4: Reflection on Gifted Education
You will develop your skills as a scientist-practitioner and, in order to improve the professional field of gifted education, you will make a scientifically-sound contribution, of which the findings can be used by professionals who wish to serve the needs of high-ability students
and counselling the gifted. A personal supervisor will also provide support by answering any specific questions that you may have about the activities that you will be doing.
During Block 4, you will complete your final product, which you proposed during the second seminar and on which you probably will have already worked on during Block 3.
Closing seminar: What will the future bring?
Reflection and going public: How to behave like an ECHA Specialist in Gifted Education.
Read more about what you will gain from the RITHA programme here.