As part of Gifted Awareness Week, the Professional Association for Gifted Education, giftEDnz, has announced a new nationwide research project that will explore the current state of gifted education across New Zealand.
Chair of giftEDnz, Dr Louise Tapper, says that this research is long overdue.
“The last major nationwide exploration of the state of gifted education in New Zealand was the Riley et al. study of 2004. We really need to find out where we are at 12 years down the track.”
Associate Professor Tracy Riley, who led the 2004 study, is pleased to see plans for further research.
“There have been many changes in education since our Ministry of Education-funded study was undertaken over a decade ago. It will be exciting to see what impact the changes have had upon our gifted students in New Zealand.”
One such change is the increasingly diverse cultural and social groups that engage with New Zealand schools, and this planned study aims to make this a focal point.
giftEDnz, with the support of the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education (NZCGE) and the New Zealand Association for Gifted Children (NZAGC), intends to have the first phase of this nationwide research ready to go in the second half of 2016.
CEO from NZCGE, Deb Walker, says her organisation is keen to support nationwide research in gifted education.
“We encourage teachers, other professionals, parents and students to get involved and have your say about what you believe is working well, what you feel could be improved, and where you would like to see provisions for gifted and talented learners heading in the future.”