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The Full Potential Growth-model : Goodbye, Underachievement - Hello, Full Potential!

Zevenboom, M.S. (2019) The Full Potential Growth-model : Goodbye, Underachievement - Hello, Full Potential!

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Abstract:For a post-bachelor education in giftedness, the Full Potential Growth [FPG]-model was designed to help teachers overcome underachievement among gifted students. In this study educational professionals (N = 60) were asked about (1) the possible side-effects of the educational system on achievement, (2) features of the FPG-model, and (3) its potential value in practice. Data gained from the survey was analysed through descriptive statistics and multiple ANCOVA’s. An explorative Factor Analysis was used to find constructs within the model that could be taught in differentiated Professional Development [PD]. Results indicated that professionals recognized the problems given by the researcher. No significant differences in opinions between educators were detected that could be explained by specific characteristics (age, work experience, proximity to the gifted and professional development in giftedness). Participants appreciated the features of the FPG-model and saw its potential in practice. However, concerns were raised about the feasibility of individual learning trajectories, and about the practical implementation of the FPG-model. Accordingly, a pragmatic approach – with plenty of best practices and collaborative learning in formal and informal PD – was advised by the participants. Tailor-made team professional development was also recommended to attune to the needs and objectives of schoolteams and foster implementation.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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