Education of Gifted Students in Europe



The article describes the current practice of educating gifted students in Europe, based on the European Union recommendations of 1994. The principles of identifying and educating gifted students in Austria, Great Britain, Germany and other countries are analyzed. The main educational strategies, forms of work and e-training programs for this category of students in the UK are examined in detail. The review of training programs for teachers aimed at working with the gifted students in various European countries is presented. The features of modern approach to identifying and educating gifted students are marked out. These focus on developing individual paths to educating all categories of gifted students. Strengths and weaknesses of having “inclusive” policy as the principal one in the context of multinational and multilingual population of metropolises are identified. The most promising areas of applying foreign best practices are outlined.

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Keywords: giftedness, educational policy, learning strategies, identification of gifted students, teacher training, interactive training programs

Journal rubric: Educational Psychology

For citation: Popova L.V. Education of Gifted Students in Europe. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2009. Vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 101–114. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Lyudmila V. Popova, PhD in Psychology, Professor of Psychology Department, Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology, FGBOU VPO Moscow Pedagogical State University, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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