Leadership training for the gifted: A frames of reference paradigm

Author

Joel Nainie

 

This paper aims to outline the curriculum content and organisational requirements to deliver a cross-age, intercultural student leadership program for gifted students. It is written predominantly from the perspective of a practitioner and, to that extent, will be primarily methodological and conceptual in nature with some recourse to relevant literature. The program involves an International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC) where students (i) are introduced to leadership models and frameworks which they then apply to problematic fictional scenarios, (ii) develop an understanding of analytical tools used in collaborative problem solving and (iii) solve a global problem using a frames of reference paradigm integrating leadership principles and skills. The reduction of carbon emissions was chosen prior to the conference as the global issue and prereleased for analysis in order to facilitate depth of student research. Seven different stakeholder groups were constituted to facilitate breadth in perspectives as well as variation in gender, school and region.

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Keywords: gifted students, leadership

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Poetry from scratch: Enhancing creativity in the classroom

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Janet Thomas

 

My workshop series Jumpstart Your Writing: Poetry from Scratch aims to enhance creative potential, empowering participants to discover unique voices as poets. This paper will evaluate these workshops in the light of the general literature on creativity and Urban’s componential model.

This continuing education program comprised three morning workshops, which were available to the general public, attracting professional writers as well as novices. Many of the participants were middle-aged women. There was no formal assessment.

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Keywords: creative potential, poetry, Urban

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Confucianism and its impact on talent development: A review and discussion of key themes in the development of talent

… arising from Chua, A. (2011) Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. New York: Penguin

Author

Jeff MacRaild

 

This Confucian belief underlies the Chinese perspective on maximising an individual’s intelligence (Chan, 2007, p.43). Chinese believe that about 30% of an individual’s intelligence is accounted for by what one is born with, and the other 70% depends upon learning. According to Chan, the common belief in the West is that the reverse (about 80% heredity) is true (Jensen, 1981, cited in Chan, 2007, p.42). Amy Chua’s memoir explains her efforts to maximise her children’s ‘other 70%’.

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Keywords: Tiger mother, Chua, talent development

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