What is Talent? What is Giftedness? How can we Build talents on the foundations of giftedness?
I think no one can answer these questions better than Prof. Gagné.
Who is Prof. Françoys Gagné?
Professor Françoys Gagné is a French Canadian from Montreal, Quebec. He obtained in 1966 his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Montreal. Dr. Gagné has spent most of his professional career in the department of Psychology, at l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
After a decade of research on student evaluations of teaching, 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 Differentiated 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.
Title : Honorary professor of Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal.
I met Prof. Gagné at several international conferences and I am a big fan of him.
For our monthly event , the 20th Global Virtual meeting, I invited him to give a lecture for our audience.
He created an avatar and learned very fast about modern technology in a virtual world like secondlife.
He also provided a handout to his presentation, which you can download here
Prof. Francoys Gagné differentiates clearly between gifts (natural abilities) and talents (systematically developed from gifts) .
The DMGT 2.0
The participants at the global virtual meeting for gifted education were from USA, Germany, Norway, Netherland, Canada,…
I am very grateful for his presentation. His Model is the work of over 30 years of research and I believe it could help us to understand gifted children and nurture their talents and potentials in the best way.
The presentation was over 60 min. I created a video from the first 30 min. and I hope you have become curious to learn more about his modell in this way.