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21KEC248 Gifted Education in Online and In-Class Settings: Practical Approaches and Strategies



Dates:  Thursday 22nd April & 29th April from 5pm-6pm

This two-part session will encompass a brief overview of the extant research in the area of gifted education, combined with practical examples of applications in the mainstream classroom. Giftedness as an area of SEN will be addressed, as will the academic and social/emotional issues which often confront this demographic. There will be an emphasis on teaching methodologies and resources for both gifted and twice exceptional students, i.e. students who are gifted and also have learning challenges such as ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Autism, etc. We will look at challenges around identification, and ways to negotiate common issues which can arise in a mainstream class setting.

As a relatively under-researched area of education, gifted education can suffer from lack of readily available resources, and so a central aim of this course is to furnish participants with practical ideas and free supports for gifted students in their classrooms. In addition, these sessions will examine strategies for in-class and remote teaching, virtual resources which can be easily differentiated for gifted students, and a bank of resources for long term engagement.

Whole school and small group approaches will also be addressed, with an examination of a broad range of curricular areas. Combining theory and practice, these sessions aim to dispel many of the myths surrounding gifted education and provide a toolkit of resources for teachers of gifted students.

These sessions will also aim to cover ideas for most curricular areas, which can be applied from initial schooling to the latter years of primary school and early secondary school.


Dr. Muireann O’Sullivan recently completed her PhD in Inclusive Design and Creative Technology Innovation, with a focus on virtual technologies and kinaesthetic learning tools for twice exceptional students. She is also a primary school teacher, with 10 years of experience working with DEIS schools and in gifted education settings. Muireann is the recipient of the CAPSL Postgraduate Teaching Award from Trinity College, Dublin, for her work on assistive technology, and has developed courses for teacher training and university-style courses in both the Sciences and Humanities.

Event Properties

Event Date 22-04-2021 5:00 pm
Event End Date 29-04-2021 6:00 pm
Capacity 50
Registered 50
Cut off date 21-04-2021
Individual Price Free
Speaker Dr Muireann O'Sullivan
Number Hours 2
Location ON-LINE
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