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Postgraduate course

Education for gifted and talented children

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeSPED315
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester

Spring, every second year

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content


The aim of this course is to examine giftedness and gifted education from an international perspective, and in the Norwegian context.


This course will provide the students with knowledge and understanding about gifted education both internationally and in the Norwegian context. The aim in this course will give students knowledge about giftedness and common characteristics in gifted children. Facilitation for gifted children in education is an important topic in this course. As well as consequences and educational outcomes for gifted children. The course will primarily focus on education in schools.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, students should have the following learning outcomes defined as knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The student...

  • Has knowledge about, and can critically reflect upon gifted education in an international and national context
  • Has insight into and understanding of relevant theories on giftedness
  • Has knowledge about, and can critically reflect upon different methods of facilitation for gifted children


The student...

  • Can describe and outline what characterizes gifted children
  • Can discuss various theories regarding giftedness and how they differentiate from each other
  • Can describe different methods for facilitation and discuss their usefulness
  • Can discuss how different methods of facilitation can be implemented in school.

General competence

The student..

  • Can critically reflect on questions regarding professional, ethical and educational policy, regarding gifted children, both on an individual and systemic level.
  • Can convey and discuss different research questions andidentify dilemmas regarding giftedness and gifted children in an international or national context.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

It is recommended that students have knowledge about education, special needs education and educational policies before attending this course.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course


Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and seminars.

The course will contain:

  • 6x2 hours lectures
  • 5x2 hours seminars

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

This course will use the following forms of assessment:

  • 6 hours home exam (following APA guidelines)

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester


Reading List

The reading list will be ready at 01.12. for the spring semester. The reading lists is about 500 pages.

Course Evaluation

The course is evaluated in accordance with the Faculty of Psychology's routines for participatory evaluation and UIB's quality assurance system.

Programme Committee

Department of Education

Course Coordinator

Department of Education

Course Administrator

Department of Education, Faculty of Psychology