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

This research addresses the scarcity of students identified as having High Abilities/Giftedness in the education system in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, looking at the role of educational managers in reducing the invisibility of this population and welcoming them into the system. In order to deepen our understanding of the possible causes of this scenario, we decided to investigate educational managers’ beliefs about the importance of including the topic of High Ability/Giftedness in continuing teacher training. The theoretical framework was based on Renzulli, Virgolim, Pérez, Gardner, 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. Results 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 High Ability/Gifted students and the identification of these students at school, These findings contribute to the need to make this subject present in continuing training for teachers.