At the end of the course students:
- Understand the meaning of concepts like talent development and excellence, and are able to embed the policy discussion around these concepts in the body of scientific knowledge regarding motivation, differentiation and honors didactics;
- Are able to develop ways to recognize students that are at a cognitive level that exceeds the level that is required in regular classes;
- Are able to develop challenging and motivating, domain-specific tasks for students that need more cognitive challenges, and suit the characteristics of these students in the fields of motivation, learning and interest;
- Can explain to school management the ways a school can cooperate within the "chain" primary-secondary-university education to advance the talent development within students;
- Can both word and buttress a personal vision of talent development.
The goal of education is to support and challenge all students. But in every secondary school class some students can and want more than the regular curriculum offers. They either consistently show excellent performance, or their performance has faded over time, but as a teacher you can tell that their potential exceeds the outcome. If the learning environment is not challenging enough, thes students may miss the opportunity for continuous development. They may even lose all interest in the subject. In this course, we focus on precisely these students. The course addresses the ways a subject teacher can recognize these students, challenge them to give and to continue to give excellent performance, illustrated with teaching materials from the various school subjects.