Christian Fischer (DE) PhD is full professor for Educational Sciences with a focus on School Research: Gifted Education and Individual Promotion at the University of Münster, Germany. He is academic director of the International Centre for the Study of Giftedness (ICBF) from the Universities of Münster, Osnabrück and Nijmegen (the Netherlands). He also is vice president of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) and Program Director of the European Advanced Diploma in Educating the Gifted. He is member of the editorial board of the Austrian Journal for Gifted Education. He is involved in gifted education since 2001. His publications focus on gifted education, individual promotion, learning difficulties and self-regulated learning.
Lianne Hoogeveen (NL) is developmental psychologist and head of the Center for the Study of Giftedness (CBO) of the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, board member of the ‘Internationales Centrum für Begabungsforschung (ICBF) (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany) and member of the Executive Committee of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) as the Secretary of ECHA. She teaches at Radboud University and is a guest teacher in different other universities, in and outside the Netherlands. She is involved in post-academic education for psychologists and teachers and in individual counselling of gifted children, youngsters and adults from 1991. Lianne conducts scientific research on giftedness and education, and wrote a PhD-thesis on academic acceleration. Concerning research and education, she cooperates with colleagues of other universities, in- and outside the Netherlands. Lianne was elected as The President of the European Talent Centers Accreditation Committee at the first meeting of the committee.
The 2014 General Assembly of ECHA agreed that ECHA supports, regulates and guides the formation of a European Talent Support Network.
The financial reports contain the opening balance, detailed incomes and outgoes and closing balance for each year.
The 14th International ECHA conference will take place in the beautiful city of Ljubljana this year from 17th September to 20th September. The theme of the conference is Re: thinking giftedness: Giftedness in the Dig¬ital Age. In the following video, the president (Prof. Péter Csermely), vice-president (Prof Dr. Christian Fischer), and committee members invite you to Ljubljana. Have a useful professional experience and enjoyable stay in the Slovenian capital! We are looking forward to meeting in Ljubljana!
ECHA-training may lead to an ECHA Certificate of Advanced Studies in Gifted Education (CAS); ECHA Diploma of Advanced Studies in Gifted Education (DAS) or ECHA Master of Advanced Studies in Gifted Education (MAS) as detailed in the ECHA Training Guidelines document downloadable from here.
ECHA training joins the disciplines psychology, pedagogy and educational science. Aim of the training is to enlarge knowledge in the area of recognizing and supporting gifted children and adolescents. The training has a scientific base but is geared to practical situations, in and outside school. This means that, working with concrete, practical educational situations, we will always use scientific methods of research, description and evaluation. During the course practice will be proved, based on scientific theories about the subject. After this training, participants have knowledge about scientific developments in the area of giftedness and gifted education. They have knowledge about international theories for assessment and counseling concerning giftedness, are able to relate practice with (inter)national theories and judge new projects and developments, based on thorough theoretical knowledge. They also will be familiar with many (inter)national examples of good practice in assessment, counseling and therapy, in and outside school. Finally, participants will be part of a (inter)national network of ECHA Specialists in Gifted Education.
All qualified ECHA Trainings will be listed on this web-page as the qualification process proceeds.
The 2014 General Assembly of ECHA agreed that ECHA supports, regulates and guides the formation of a European Talent Support Network. A 'European Talent Support Activity Map' listing several organizations and individuals active in supporting talent young people can be found HERE. Aims and details of the European Talent Support Network can be found in the document downloadable from HERE. European Talent Centres will form the hubs of this Network, while European Talent Points will be its nodes. European Talent Points will be accredited by European Talent Centres during 2015. The General Assembly elected an Accreditation Committee to accredit European Talent Centres. The first call for the accreditation of European Talent Centres is expected by the end of 2014, and will be published on this web-site. The first European Talent Points will be accredited by European Talent Centres during 2015.
High Ability Studies is included in Social Sciences Citation Index, which makes it one of the most important journals in Gifted Education.
High Ability Studies provides a forum for scholars in a variety of disciplines associated with the development of human abilities to their highest level. It is a medium for the promotion of high ability, whether through the communication of scientific research, theory, or the exchange of practical experience and ideas.
The contents of this journal are unique in reflecting concerns and recent developments in this area from childhood and across the whole life span in a variety of contexts. Far from being restricted to the traditional focus on high-level cognitive development, it also presents investigations into all other areas of human endeavour, including sport, technology, the arts, business, management and social relations.
The journal is concerned with aspects of development, personality, cognition, social behaviour and cross-cultural issues in relation to high ability. Theoretical modelling and measurement techniques, as well as instructional strategies and curriculum issues, are of interest. Consequently, the journal presents material which is relevant to researchers in the field, to managers who have highly able individuals employed, to policy makers who need to find frameworks by which to make the best use of high ability in society, to mentors, coaches, teachers, counsellors and parents of highly able children. Furthermore, the contents are not restricted to the study of manifest high level achievement, but include the identification and nurturance of unexercised potential.
Heidrun Stoeger (Editor-in-Chief), Ulm, Germany
Kurt A. Heller, Munich, Germany
Ernest C.D.M. van Lieshout, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Judy L. Lupart, Calgary, Canada
The journal appears twice yearly, in June and December.
It is published by Taylor & Frances, Carfax Publishing,
4 Park Square, Milton Park, ABINGDON, OX14 4RN, U.K.
Members of ECHA receive the journal free of charge.
For more information please visit the journal's homepage.
Pamela R. Clinkenbeard, Ph.D.
Professor of Educational Foundations; Co-Director, Challenging Advanced Learners Programs
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Dept. of Educational Foundations, UWW, 800 West Main St., Whitewater, WI 53190 USA
Dr. Pamela Clinkenbeard is Professor of Educational Foundations at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA, where she teaches educational psychology, educational research methods, and gifted education. Prof. Clinkenbeard received her Ph.D. in psychology and gifted education with Prof. John F. Feldhusen at Purdue University. She was on the board of the National Association for Gifted Children (USA), and currently serves on boards at Northwestern University (Center for Talent Development) and Purdue University (Gifted Education Resource Institute). She has written several book chapters and has published articles in Gifted Child Quarterly, Journal for Education of the Gifted, Roeper Review, and the European Journal of Psychological Assessment. She serves on the editorial review boards for Gifted Child Quarterly and Gifted and Talented International. She was on the faculty at Yale University working with the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, and is currently a Fulbright Specialist. Her research interests include student motivation, economic policy and gifted education, the neuroscience of giftedness, and diversity among the gifted.