Education of gifted children and youth: national policy of European countries



The article analyzes the peculiarities of national policy in the field of education of gifted learners. It compares approaches to definition of giftedness, setting the criteria of its identification, preparation of psychological and educational staff for working with such learners, forms of education of gifted learners in different countries. It describes the use of the most modern technologies for organization of education of the gifted on a national scale. It also examines the requirements for preparation, acquisition of competences of teachers working with gifted learners.

General Information

Keywords: giftedness, national educational policy, identification and education of the gifted, teachers

Journal rubric: Psychology of Giftedness

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Popova L.V. Education of gifted children and youth: national policy of European countries. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2011. Vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 56–62. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


  1. Gal'ton F. Nasledstvennost' talanta: Zakony i posledstvija. M.,1996.
  2. Popova L. V. Obrazovatel'nye programmy dlja odarennyh v stranah Evropy // Psihologicheskajanauka i obrazovanie. 2009. № 4.
  3. Popova L. V. Psihologo-pedagogicheskaja podgotovka uchitelej k rabote s odarennymi uchashimisja v raznyh stranah mira // Psihologo-pedagogicheskie problemy odarennosti: teorija i praktika. Materialy 6-j Mezhdunarodnoj konferencii / Pod red. L. I. Larionovoj. T. 2. Irkutsk, 2009.
  4. Rabochaja koncepcija odarennosti. M.,1998.
  5. Classroom Quality Standards for Gifted and Talented Education: a subject focus. National Strategies. Department for Children, Schools, and Families. L., 2009.
  6. Delaubier J.-P. La scolarisation des eleves “intellectuelement precoces”. 2002. (
  7. Freeman J. Out-of-school Educational Provision for the Gifted and Talented around the World. A report for the Department of Education and Skills. L.,2002.
  8. Hansen J. B., Feldhusen J. F. Off campus training of teachers of the gifted: a program model. Gifted Education International. 1990. Vol. 6. № 1.
  9. Identifying Gifted and Talented Learners – Getting Started. Department for Children, Schools, and Families. L., 2008.
  10. Lindsey M. Training teachers of the gifted and talented. N.Y. - L., 1980.
  11. Monks F., Pfluger R. Gifted education in 21 European Countries: Inventory and perspective. Nijmegen,2005.
  12. Whitlock M. S., DuCette J. P. Outstanding and average teachers of the gifted: a comparative study. Gifted Child Quarterly. 1989. Vol. 33. № 1.

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:



Total: 2122
Previous month: 6
Current month: 4


Total: 908
Previous month: 1
Current month: 6