Research aims to help high-potential students

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10 April 2006, BRUSSELS - A new inter-university research project aims to better detect, understand and accommodate young people with the highest potential in Belgian schools. The aim of the study is to have statistics available for use in September and develop new modules of formation for teachers. The scheme dates back to 1999 when the then French Community Secondary Education Minister Pierre Hazette launched several measures at five French-speaking universities aimed at improving a school's day-to-day

10 April 2006

BRUSSELS - A new inter-university research project aims to better detect, understand and accommodate young people with the highest potential in Belgian schools.
 
The aim of the study is to have statistics available for use in September and develop new modules of formation for teachers.
 
The scheme dates back to 1999 when the then French Community Secondary Education Minister Pierre Hazette launched several measures at five French-speaking universities aimed at improving a school's day-to-day relationship with high-potential students, which represent approximately 5 percent of the total adult population or one pupil in every 20.
 
Like its predecessor, the new study aims to integrate high-potential students in existing schools rather than to insulate them.
 
In 2004, the first outline of the youths' profiles was made public. This was based on the studies undertaken in 12 voluntarily-participating schools and the five reception centres set up in each university.
 
The government changed, but Flemish Community Premier Marie Arena and ULB academic Isabelle Goldschmidt decided to continue the work in a bid to provide statistical information and information modules for teachers.

"Not all families with gifted offspring encounter problems, but many of those who arrive in the reception centres are not enjoying the experience," Goldschmidt said.
 
"The majority mention problems of trouble at school or absenteeism, which have occurred more at secondary school level. We have approximately 450 case-studies to date. Concurrent to that, we are finalising two information modules for teachers."

The first module aims at locating the high potential of students. The second aims to determine the differing needs of the various profiles identified.
 
"It is necessary to act when there is problem and elsewhere, especially, to slacken the pressure. To detect [in order] to open doors, yes, but not to label," Goldschmidt said.

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