The Center for the Study and Development of Academic Talents (PENTA-UC) at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago invites applications for one of the three positions of Postdoctoral Research Associate.
Under the broad direction and academic oversight of the Center’s Director, the successful candidate will develop his/her own research agenda in the area of gifted education. In particular, research should be conducted in one of the following sub-fields: cognitive, socio-affective, and educational needs of talented children.
Application materials should be forwarded electronically to [email protected] with “Concurso Postdoctorado” in the subject line. Letters of recommendation should be directly mailed in a sealed envelope to the address listed below. All materials must be received by August 31, 2007. Selected candidates will be notified by mid September, 2007.
Forms and further instructions may be downloaded at http://www.puc.cl/pentauc/.
For further questions please send an email to [email protected]
The Center for Talented Youth Spain is offering the Spanish as a Second Language program this summer for foreign students.
All the information and details about the program are accesible at http://www.ctys.net/campusver.html
This program might be of interest for those students willing to improve their command of the Spanish. CTYS has signed an agreement with Instituto Cervantes, an official institution of the Spanish State that has developed an online virtual environment of extremely high quality, that will be used as a complement for the summer course and will be the basic tool for the around the year distance learning program that will be offered from September onwards.
Those interested for the summer edition or the distance edition (from September) please contact CTYS at [email protected] or visit www.ctys.net
ECHA News is the magazine of the European Council for High Ability, which is sent to members twice a year. Some of the articles contain photos, but unfortunately in the magazine they cannot be reproduced in colour. This is particularly sad when they show works of art by children. Therefore it was decided to present some of these pictures on the ECHA website. They are part of the article “Programmes and Projects of Center Bistrić” by Jasna Lay in ECHA News vol. 19, no. 1.
The Centre for Gifted Child Development Bistrić and Technical culture of the city of Zagreb organises workshops for gifted pupils from grade 1 to 4 of the elementary school.
Parents usually, even without additional education, notice the creativity of the child as one of the essential signs of a possible gift. As signs of the child’s creativity the parents most frequently mention “ways of solving problems; interesting, original questions and answers; combining different materials in a creative, unique way; the child’s inventions; artistic and verbal creativity”. This proves the sensibility of parents and their ability to recognise the creativity of the child through his behaviour. Immediately after these parents’ evaluations comes “hours of working on themes of interest (for example, pictures by the artistically gifted boy Kresimir shown on this website); very long attention span on certain subject matters”.
Through the training at the Centre Bistrić for stimulating creativity and application of creative exercises, through demonstration of the children’s works and application of criteria to evaluate creativity, as well as getting acquainted with significant indicators of creativity in children and adults, teachers and educators can check if and how much they are creative, and learn how to awaken creativity in kindergarten and school.
Kresimir was born in 1995 in Zagreb. He was identified as very artistically talented within the project of prevention of unacceptable behaviour of gifted children from the age of 6 to 11, which was conducted by the Centre Bistrić and started in 2000.
He is the illustrator of front page of the handbook with exercises for stimulating creative thinking “You can do it differently”, published in 2004.
His first independent exhibition was in June of 2004 when he was eight years old. Besides of his rich imagination he gives extremely interesting titles to his drawings, paintings and sculptures. He also writes a poems.
Contact: [email protected]
The Center for Talented Youth Spain, a charter member of CTY International (Johns Hopkins University) will organize the third summer program in Spain at the Valley of Baztan in the northern part of Navarra from July 10th until July 30th. Students fluent in Spanish are welcome. Some of the programs will be taught in English, for those whose Spanish is more limited.
All the information about the site, sorroundings and programs can be read in Spanish or English at the CTYS web site: www.ctys.net.
6th ECHA-Austria Day in Graz,
14.-15. April 2005
University of Graz, Meerscheinschlössl, Mozartgasse 3, A – 8010 Graz
ECHA-Austria, the national branch of ECHA, is organizing the annual meeting for ECHA-diploma-holders in Austria in a cooperation with University of Graz.
Topic: Education and Research in Giftedness and Neural Efficiency
The program offers lectures, präsentations and visits in schools with special programs for gifted children.
The meeting language is German.
For program-details and further informations please view:
Secretary of ECHA-Austria