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Nancy Hertzog
EDPSY 535
Seattle Campus

Education and the Highly Capable Learner

Examination of major issues and problems in study and nurturance of highly capable children and youth in the educational setting. Emphasis placed on contributions of theory and research to educational problem solving for multiple aspects of advanced human capacity. Prerequisite: EDPSY 501 or equivalent.

Class description

The course will cover topics that include both the historical perspectives and current issues related to the field of gifted education. Students will examine topics related to identification and assessment, programs for highly capable students, the social and emotional needs of highly capable learners, pedagogical practices that address diversity in classrooms, and talent development throughout the lifespan.

Student learning goals

To acquaint students with the current perspectives and issues in the field of gifted education.

To promote a basic knowledge of the research literature on children identified as highly capable.

To foster a positive attitude in each student toward efforts to improve the education for all children, including those identified as highly capable.

To provide each student with the opportunity to explore in depth, some area of interest related to the field of gifted education

General method of instruction

The course includes lecture, discussion, small group work, and many choices in expression of new knowledge, including inquiry-based assignments, action-research, products for use in students' setting, and self-initiated projects.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Assignments include readings, reflections, and inquiry-based projects. Students will express what they have learned through a variety of creative products (e.g., iMovies, Powerpoint presentations, display boards.)

Grades will be assigned based on the total number of points they gain through their participation, completion of class assignments, and ability to address the rubrics that define assignment quality throughout the course.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Nancy Hertzog
Date: 09/26/2012