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Europe, Gifted Education

Giftedness as part of national school curricula in Europe has been, and still is, surrounded by some controversy because school systems generally and invariably reflect the philosophical foundation and the political will of any nation. The European Union alone accounts for 27 nations, each of which has a different culture and political structure, often a different language, and not least, a different view of how to cater for gifted students. Some national education policies state it is of the utmost necessity to accommodate their needs, whereas others do not use terms such as giftedness or talent at all, suggesting that these students do not qualify for any special consideration. School systems currently indifferent to the identification of and provision for the highly able tend to ...

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