Education System for Gifted Children in the South-East Asian Countries



The article provides brief review of education of gifted children in China, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and Thailand. The article disclaims covering the issue completely. The problem is viewed mainly from the «Intellektual» school’s perspective and its activities. The article provides findings of observations and professional communication that took place during visits to China and Korea and direct contacts with the educators from Thailand and Singapore. The article concludes that the economic success of the South-East Asian countries is closely related to their educational policy in general, and the particular attention to working with gifted children in particular.

General Information

Keywords: system of public education in South-East Asia, work with gifted children, the cultural revolution, Integrated State Exam, the People’s Republic of China, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore

Journal rubric: Educational Psychology

For citation: Markelov Y.V. Education System for Gifted Children in the South-East Asian Countries. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2009. Vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 87–100. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Yevgeny V. Markelov, PhD in History, Director of the Boarding-School “Intellektual”, Leading Research Associate at the Laboratory of Giftedness, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia



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