Children with high academic potential

A subproject in SKOLEKLAR concentrates on identifying children with high academic potential. This project was presented at the 13th International ECHA Conference in Munster, Germany in September 12 - 15, 2012.

The international scientific literature underlines how important it is to identify children with high potential from an early age. At the same time, it is recommended to use multiple criteria/instruments in the identification process so that you can make a complex picture of the child.

The purpose with identifying children with high academic needs is not done in order to see “who is smarter than the other” but to identify, strength and weaknesses in these children, to see what their learning needs are in order to offer children teaching according to their potential.

Children can be born with a high potential or a “gift” but in order to transform it into a talent, they need stimulation/challenges and suitable learning experiences.

This is why in the first phase of our project we identified a number of 16 children via computer Tabs tests and via parent and teachers nominations.

Learning style
The next phase of our project  will be in may-june 2013. We will then invite each of these 16 children to take part into a more detailed investigation targeting on intelligence; the way the children think, their learning style, their creativity, self-regulation, motivation, academic or non-academic interests. 

At the end of the project each of these children will get a little profile and advices for future development of their potential. In the same time,  the study will provide valuable information in terms of validating our identification strategy.

Picture of a boy who has a bright idea

It is important it is to identify children with high potential from an early age, according to UiS researchers.