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Description

UNESCO classification (ISCED) for Special EducationalNeed, oftencalled SEN studentsaresubdividedintothreecross-nationalcategories:

1) Disabilities - studentswithdisabilitiesorimpairmentsduetotheirmedicalcondition;

2) Difficulties - studentswithbehaviouraloremotionaldisordersorspecificdifficulties in learning;

3) Disadvantages - studentsfromlowersocio-economicbackground, culturalorlinguisticfactors.

Giftedandtalentedstudentsaresubdividedintothirdcategory as studentswithdisadvantages.

 

Intheproject "GATES - EducationalSupportforGiftedandTalented" thebeneficiarypartyarestudents, whoarecapable of exceptionalperformancebytheiroutstandingabilities. Thesestudentsrequiredifferentiatedprovisionbyteachersandprogramsbeyondregularschool program toreleasetheircontributionto self andsociety. Therebythestudents can demonstrateexceptionalachievementorpotential in oneormore of thefollowingsareas:

• specificacademicaptitude in a subjectarea;

• creativethinker;

• superiortalent in thevisualorperformingarts;

• naturalleadershipskills;

• a highlevel of measuredintelligence;

• outstandingperformance in sportorotherareasrequiring motor coordination.

 

Project supportsandencouragesschoolstousethemultipleintelligencesconcept in makingprovisionforgiftedstudents. Theobjective of the "GATES" project is tosupportteachers, whoarethetargetgroup of projectactivities, tostimulateefficientandeffectivetools in ordertoadaptindividualcurriculumtogiftedandtalentedpupilsunderthecircumstance of eachschools' availablepersonnel, financialandmaterialresources.

 

Project "GATES" is a transnationalprojectduetothevariety of approaches, regardingthetargetgroup, in partneringschools. Giftedstudentsarecommonlyconsideredratherprivilegedthandisadvantagedgroup of students in educationalsystem. Theyaremoreoftenleft aside fromeducationalsupportcomparedtoschooldropouts. TurkeyandSpainhavethemostadvancedapproachandinclusionsystemforgiftedandtalentedstudents in EU. Best example of thesituationarethestatistics. Thedataprovided in OECD report "StudentswithDisabilities, Learning DifficultiesandDisadvantages", released in 2007, bringsoutthedifferenceswithinthenationaldefinition of specialeducationalneeds, in whichTurkey, Spain, MexicoandCanada (Albertaand British Columbia) alsoincludegiftedandtalentedpupils as studentswithspecialeducationalneed.

 

Project "GATES" aimstoovercomedifferentnationalinterpretations of conceptsregardinggiftedandtalentedstudentswithspecialeducationalneeds, whoareexperiencingdifficulties in accessingthecurriculumandtheirpotential. Project activitiesaimtoempowerschoolteamstocreatecross-subjecttool-kit relying on thewrittenregulationsdevelopedduringthefirstphase of theproject .The main targetgrouparetheteachers at projectschools. Duringtheproject, teachersgainnewknowledgeandskills of whichstudentswillbenefitforyearstocome. Thesecondphase of theproject is focused on theimplementation of thetool-kit. Bytheend of theprojecteachschoolhavedeveloped an activityforgiftedandtalentededucationalsupport, puttingtogetherthe "pieces" fromtheirownschoolandcombiningthenewknowledgefromtheothers.  The main part of thetool-kit will be thesame at eachschool., but not everything can be adapted as a blueprinttoallschools.