The brainstorming session was attended by experts from leading ‘Giftedness Education’ programs from India and US. The driving principles or questions during the discussion focused on - What are we looking for ‘children with extraordinary abilities’ and/or ‘children with Giftedness’ what can be a well-developed identification criteria and its implementation (Gifted will find the mentor/ ‘Giftedness will show on its own’), how to develop a criteria for mentor selection so that mentors help the students achieve their full potential, how do we/should we focus on ‘latent’ giftedness, how to encourage child to self-audit and govern his/her giftedness, how can we measure the outcome of our intervention and what will be the benchmarks. What will be the different ‘levels of Giftedness’ to be considered (Mildly, moderately, highly, exceptionally, profoundly)
Dr. Marcia Delcourt, PhD is the Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Instructional Leadership and teaches courses in leadership, measurement, research and cognition, as well as curriculum and instruction. She received her BS in Special education from Bloomsburg State University, her MA in Special Education with a concentration in Gifted and Talented Education from the University of Connecticut and her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology, also from UCONN. Dr. Delcourt has been the Principal Investigator or evaluator for over 25 grants on the local, state and federal levels. She has been a full-time Professor at McGill University where she taught courses in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology. She was also a Professor at the University of Virginia and a Principal Investigator for The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. She has been active in education for over 25 years as a teacher, graduate level program coordinator, curriculum and program consultant, and researcher. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Educational and Psychological Measurement, Gifted Child Quarterly, The Journal for the Education of the Gifted, International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving and Journal of Research and Development in Education. She recently co-edited a book entitled Inquiry in education volume II: Overcoming barriers to successful implementation and has contributed to The international handbook on innovation education and Fundamentals of gifted education. She currently collaborates with colleagues at the University of Delhi and the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore to identify and mentor gifted Indian students in mathematics and science.
Dr. Sujala Watve is the Secretary, Jnana Prabodhini Samshodhan Sanstha and coordinator Innovative Course “Education for the Gifted”. She is the National Supervisory Psychologist for Mensa India and has been Invited as consultant, discussant for Psychology and Education of the Gifted. She has different national and International publications to her credit.
Shalini Dixit, is an M.Phil- PhD from Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Masters in Psychology. She received NCERT Doctoral Fellowship for her PhD research. Her doctoral work on the understanding of history was awarded D Sinha Best Doctoral Dissertation Award by the National Academy of Psychology in the year 2013. She has had years of experience in teaching and research in a number of colleges in University of Delhi including Jesus & Mary College and Mata Sundri College (Department of Elementary Education) and Kamla Nehru College (Department of Psychology) as Assistant Professor. She also worked with Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations of Education, NCERT; Save the Children, Finland; and James Cook University Australia, Singapore Campus. Her familiarity and interest lies in Cultural and Cognitive Processes in appreciation of History, Critical aspects Educational Psychology , Cultural Processes, Social Psychology, Gender Issues with Social Psychological perspective, and Rojerian approach to Personality and Communications etc.
Dr.Vrushali Dehadray has been working in the area of Education from the last few years. Educational psychology, Child education and Inclusive Education are the areas which appeal her most. She was engaged in a research project assessing the access and quality of child education imparted in the rural area which was funded by ICSSR. She has been working with Unicef and Maharashtra State Council for Educational Research and Training to improve the quality of child education in cotton producing areas of Maharashtra. In the current year she is doing a major action research project for improving a quality of elementary education imparted in buffer zone of Pench National Park- Maharashtra. She is going to undertake same kind of project in Pench-Madhya Pradesh and Tadoba National Park. She proposes to research in the area of inclusion of deprived children in mainstream education with special reference to street children and on corporal punishment in school: Extent and violation of RTE. She has presented papers at the state and national level conferences and seminars. She has conducted several training programmes for primary and pre-primary teachers. She has published the research papers in national journals highlighting the various issues of importance in education.