Dr. Lianne Hoogeveen is Programme Director of the Radboud International Training of High Ability (RITHA), qualified by the European Council for High Ability (ECHA). She coordinates the master specialization ‘Gifted Education’ at Radboud University. As a mental health psychologist, she attends people with high abilities at CBO Talent Development in Nijmegen. As part of the Behavioral Science Institute (BSI) of the Radboud University, Lianne Hoogeveen is involved in research on giftedness and education, cooperating with Dutch and international colleagues. She is a guest teacher in several European and non-European universities. She is the President of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA).
Sustainable education: support the teacher!
Training teachers in identifying and developing talents
At Radboud University, Talent Development is something we care for deeply. We believe that labeling people as gifted is not the best way to help them. Instead, we prefer to ask: What does this specific child, adolescent or adult need, and what is the best way to offer this? We also believe that teachers and psychologists should be the professionals, able to decide when a child needs something different, or something more, without labeling it.
From this beliefs, we offer the Radboud International Training on High Ability (RITHA), an ECHA qualified training. The aim of RITHA is to contribute to better education and care worldwide by training professionals in the field. We specifically focus on those people, who’s abilities in many cases are not recognized. We need them badly to get the peace and prosperity we aim at, another reason to give them the chance to develop themselves. This especially concerns those who are less privileged, because of, for example, their Social Economic Status, and/or ethnic identity.
During this lecture, I will give you a short glimpse of our training, with a special focus on our graduates, showing their contribution, worldwide, varying from a study of nonconformist gifted students to an instructional video for teachers and parents concerning twice exceptionality, a research programme leading to better identification and support for less privileged students and a newspaper article in Malta that lead to changes in educational policy. With these products, professionals contribute to better education and care for everybody, including those people with the highest abilities.