QAGTC 2018 State Conference:Identifying gifts and nurturing talents

Friday 16th March 2018

Full Day intensive workshop with Professor Françoys Gagné at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Professor Françoys Gagné is a French Canadian from Montreal, Quebec, born October 6 1940. After skipping three grades, he obtained his M.A. in Philosophy (Psychology) in 1962, then completed in 1966 his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, both from the University of Montreal. Dr. Gagné has spent most of his professional career (1978-2001) in the department of Psychology, at l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

After a decade of research on student evaluations of teaching (1967-1977), he became interested in talent development in the late 1970s. Although his research brought him to study a variety of subjects within the field of gifted education (e.g., attitudes toward the gifted and their education, peer nominations, developmental profiles), he is best known internationally for his theory of talent development, the Differentiating Model of Giftedness and Talent (DMGT), which has been endorsed by various educational authorities as their framework to define their target population and plan intervention provisions.

Professor Gagné has won major awards in the field of gifted education, among them NAGC’s prestigious Distinguished Scholar Award (1996), and two awards from the Mensa Society. Although retired from his UQAM professorship since 2001, Dr Gagné maintains international publishing and keynoting activities.

Saturday 17th March  - Conference Keynote and presentation choices

Conference key note by Bronwyn MacLeod who has a Certificate of Gifted Education and a Masters of Education, specialising in Gifted Education, from the University of New South Wales, and has undertaken doctoral studies focusing in Gifted Education and Technology also at the University of New South Wales.

She is the author and co-author of five educational texts on curriculum differentiation and gifted education, the author of Module 5 of the Australian Government’s Gifted and Talented Teaching Package, and has planned, implemented and published school action research projects for Independent Schools of Queensland, Sydney Diocesan Catholic Education, and the Independent Schools of Western Australia. Bronwyn also works with schools and educational authorities in New Zealand, South-East Asia and Africa.

She has taught mixed ability and self-contained gifted classes from K ­ 12 in government and independent schools, as well as gifted courses with UNSW.

She has been a keynote presenter at many State and National Conferences in Australia, and has presented papers at international conferences. Bronwyn is one of the coordinators of the JASON Project for Australia and New Zealand.

 

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