Enhancing creativity for gifted and talented students: A visual arts classroom

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Michelle Ronksley-Pavia

 

The popular notion of creativity in schools is that of the creative arts student or the creative writer, yet creativity can be utilised as a particular way of thinking with regards to producing information and learning at school which can be applicable across curriculum areas. Many traits and characteristics of gifted students overlap those of creative students as identified in the literature. This paper includes examples of techniques teachers can employ in developing creativity within their classroom, with a particular focus on visual arts using The Dynamic Creativity Process Model. This model is designed to be used across the curriculum as a holistic approach to enhancing creativity and the artistic potential of gifted students. The model supports student learning using divergent and convergent thinking and encourages higher-order thinking, integration, intuition and evaluation.

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Keywords: gifted students, creativity, visual arts

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Leadership training for the gifted: A frames of reference paradigm

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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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