Educating Gifted and Talented Children – Turning Research Into Practice

Dr. Leonie Kronborg

Teaching the Teachers to Teach the Gifted:
What have I learned and what do teachers need to know?

Dr. Leonie Kronborg, Australia

Dr. Leonie Kronborg, Australia

Effectively educating gifted students is an issue of social justice. Using research to underpin the study of gifted education, creativity and talent development, I have felt a responsibility to inform teachers and psychologists I teach to understand the relevant theories of giftedness and talent development.

To raise teachers’ awareness, knowledge and understanding of the individual differences of gifted students we need teachers to think about developing gifted students from a creative individual paradigm, so that students with gifted potential are intrinsically motivated to advance their intellectual and emotional development and transform their abilities and competencies in supportive social contexts with intellectual peers.

IF students with gifted potential and high abilities are in nurturing educational learning environments, with enthusiastic teachers who have positive attitudes towards them and who facilitate challenging differentiated curriculum opportunities across domains, gifted and creative students will reveal their high abilities and engage in developing their diverse talents!


Dr. Leonie Kronborg, is a Senior Lecturer and Co-ordinator of Postgraduate Studies in Gifted Education in the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Victoria, Australia. Her research interests have focused on education of gifted students, teacher education, and talent development and gender. She supervises Higher Degree Research students with related interests. Additionally, she coordinates a Gifted Educational Advisory Service for parents and teachers of gifted children at the Krongold Centre, Monash University.

She is a past president of the Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children and Australian Association for the Education of Gifted Children. She was an elected Executive Member of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, 2009-2013 and re-elected 2013-2017. She gained the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2012 and the Monash University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013. She is on the Editorial Board of the Gifted and Talented International Journal and the Australasian Journal of Gifted Education.