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Introducing ECHA PDF Print E-mail

Throughout Europe there is a growing awareness of the needs of our most able individuals; in recent years increasing interest in this area of child development has generated new forms of practice in education, numerous research programmes and studies, a growth in the number of societies for parents of highly able children and, indeed, a growth in concern for highly able people of all ages.

High Ability Debate special issue of International Studies in Sociology and Education deadline: 31 March 2014 PDF Print E-mail


International Studies in Sociology of Education (http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/riss20/current#.UvYrebR22zY) is planning a special issue on 'The High Ability Debate.' Deadline for submission is 31 March 2014.

 This special issue will appraise current ideas and practices surrounding the notion of high ability, and its cognates such as ‘gifted and talented’ and ‘high achievers’, in the educational field. The aims of the issue are to:

  • analyse understandings of high ability in a range of cultural contexts
  • problematise the educational responses such understandings generate and critique the sociological implications of these
  • scrutinise educational practices, discourses and policies related to high ability in terms of relevant theoretical stances.

For a more complete description of the special issue, please see the attached.

Further enquiries regarding the Special Issue can be sent to the Guest Editor, Dr Annie Haight ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or the Editor, Professor Suzy Harris ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

ECHA Conference 2016: Benefits and challenges of migration, multiculturalism and interculturality in gifted education, 2 - 5 March (!), 2016, Vienna, Austria PDF Print E-mail

echa2016viennaThe topical focus of the 2016 ECHA conference will be on intercultural and multicultural awareness in gifted education. Given the long tradition of education and migration in many European countries, the topics of multiculturalism and intercultural exchange are key priorities on the educational agenda, as well as being natural prerequisites for peaceful co-existence in the 21st century. The conference both highlights intellectual abilities and also addresses the diversity of intelligences that may contribute to a thriving society. All ECHA members and interested participants are kindly asked to note the slightly unusual March 2-5 time of the meeting (which was selected to avoid coincidendes with other related meetings) to their 2016 calendar already now.

Towards a European Talent Support Network PDF Print E-mail

tehetseghidak logoNetworking is a necessity. The New Year brings a number of opportunities for professionals to share their experiences and learn from each other. In cooperation with the Ministry of Human Resources of Hungary and the European Talent Centre - Budapest the Association of Hungarian Talent Support Organizations organizes an international conference "Towards a European Talent Support Network" in Budapest on 8-10 May 2014. The purpose of the conference is to help the (self-) organization of a European Talent Support Network. European networks for talent support, civil networks for supporting gifted education, social responsibility networks, and digital networks for highly able students will be in focus. Talent management, parents' organisations for supporting highly able children, and the ethics of networking will also be discussed. The conference will take place at BMC (Budapest Music Centre), one of the newest and most up-to-date conference and concert venues in the Hungarian capital. Online registration will open in early February.

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