High Ability/Giftedness: A Contemporary Challenge for Educational …

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Poster Presentation 10 — High Ability/Giftedness: A Contemporary Challenge for Educational ManagementMaristela Cernicchiaro Deos

Monday, May 20, 2024, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Student Union Ballroom, Rooms 330/331

Given the low rates of students with High Ability/Giftedness (HA/G) in the public school system, the question arises as to whether these figures could be due to the difficulty schools have in identifying students with this profile. This research analyzes the role of educational managers in enabling the visibility of students with HA/G and, consequently, favoring their identification in the school context, contributing to the real dimensioning of this community within the public school system. In order to deepen our understanding of the possible causes of this scenario, we decided to investigate the educational managers’ conceptions of the importance of including the subject of HA/G in continuing teacher training. The theoretical framework was based on Renzulli, Gardner, Pérez, Virgolim and Mantoan, among others. The methodology adopted was qualitative, exploratory research with semi-structured interviews as the data collection technique. Nine educational managers from public and private schools in and around the city of Porto Alegre were interviewed. The results of the research pointed to the lack of information on the subject in the initial training of teachers and managers, making it difficult to understand the behavior of HA/G and the identification of these students in the school, contributing to the need to make this subject present in continuing training for teachers; an action that should be promoted by the educational manager.