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European Commission's Webinar on High Achievers: Social Experiences of Gifted Students

Much of the emphasis on gifted education is on the academic development of highly able students. However there is an increasing amount of evidence and literature that supports the theory that social development of these students is equally important.

Ended on: 21.09.2023
Ended at: 05:00 PM (Europe/Brussels)
Duration: 0 seconds

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What was this webinar about?


This webinar looked at areas like the stigma of giftedness and why gifted students want healthy social interactions with their peers. Many of these students fear rejection from their peers and can experience difficulty with pressure from parents and teachers.


The talk highlighted how we can promote resilience within this group and showcase strategies that help the social development of gifted students.



Presentation by Colm O’Reilly: The Social Experiences of Gifted Students

About the speakers

Colm O’Reilly

Dr. Colm O’Reilly Ph.D is the Director of the Irish Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI) at Dublin City University. CTYI provides fast paced classes for academically talented students aged 6 – 16 years from all over Ireland and overseas. Colm has worked in the area of gifted and talented education for the last 30 years and has written articles and presented papers at numerous conferences around Europe and worldwide. His research interests include working with gifted students in out of school programmes and their academic and social development. He is currently the secretary of the European Council for High Ability and the treasurer for the European Talent Support Network. He serves on the advisory board for the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary and has just led an EU project to design an online programme for teachers of high ability students in regular classrooms.

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    Head Teacher / Principal
    Teacher Educator
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  • Target audience ISCED:
    Early childhood education (ISCED 0)
    Primary education (ISCED 1)
    Lower secondary education (ISCED 2)