The international scientific conference“Support of the talented and development of the creative” as part of the TEMPUS project in cooperation with the Academy for the Humanization of Education (IAHE) was held from September 22nd – 26th 2014 at the Vitebsk State University named after P. M. Masherov (Belarus). Over 100 scientists from 9 different Western and Eastern European countries participated in the conference.
The conference was officially opened by Prof. A.Egorov, head of the University, S.Maskevich, Minister for Education of Belarus, A.Kosinc, Chairman of the regional executive committees in Vitebsk, Prof. Dr. A. Gavrikov, Head of the Novgorod State University, Prof. Dr. R. Keck , Honorary President of IAHE and Prof. Dr. O. Graumann (University of Hildesheim), President of IAHE . In their speeches they underlined that such projects like TEMPUS and Academy for the Humanization and Education cooperating internationally, exchanging scientific information and joint publications provide outstanding opportunities to democratize education systems in various countries. Alongside with the representatives of the Ministry of Education, and those of the school administration of Belarus, project coordinator Prof. Dr. O. Graumann and project manager Prof. Dr. M. Pevsner held a press conference that was then aired on the local television. V. Budkevich, representative of the Ministry of Education in Belarus, reported at the plenary meeting about scholarships for talented pupils and students in Belarusian schools and universities. Head of the University, Egorov A., told about development factors of giftedness in the modern educational system in Belarus.
Introducing the conference, project coordinator of the TEMPUS project und president of IAHE, Prof. Dr. O. Graumann and project manager of the TEMPUS project and Vice-President of IAHE, Prof. Dr. Michael Pevsner gave a speech on “Giftedness as pedagogical challenge – research results from East and West”.
A scientific cross-country discussion brought up following issues:
- How are giftedness and creativity of pupils in schools and students in universities, adults in postgraduate education and employees in companies in different countries dealt with?
- What sort of diagnostic tools are being used to identify and to support potential giftedness and creativity?
- What models supporting peculiar giftedness, resources and creativity are being involved in the organizations/institutions in question?
- How does promotion of gifted persons fit into the global inclusion concept?
- What professional trainings are provided for pedagogues with regard to peculiar giftedness and creativity?
- What is the role of new information technologies with regard to giftedness and creativity support?
- Is there a connection between peculiar giftedness and adolescents’ living environment?
Highlight of the conference was a panel discussion “Support of the talented and development of the creative”, which was cooperatively developed and presented by scientists and students of the Vitebsk University and head of autonomous non-profit organization “Agentstvo KOMENIUS”, Prof. Dr. Irina Kolesnikova (Russia). Scientists from Russia, Latvia, Germany, Belarus and Ukraine gave an expertise on necessity to support giftedness and creativity and on the views on this topic in their countries. A professionally held discussion was very inspiring for all the participants.
Four working groups handled following issues: „Influence of the social environment on giftedness development“, “Giftedness and creativity: psychological and physiological factors of influence”, “Initial and further education and training with regard to giftedness and creativity”, “Detection of intellectual and creative potential on various development stages”.
At the meeting, participants of the TEMPUS project presented following scientific reports: Prof. Dr. V. Turkovsky from working team “Influence of the social environment on giftedness development” talked on “Research expertise as fundamental professional readiness of Master students to develop a creative personality of a pupil” (Vitebsk State University, Belarus); Dr. O. Gurenko about “Socio-pedagogical support of the gifted pupils in secondary schools” (Berdyansk Pedagogical State University, Ukraine); Prof. Dr. N.Yokhna “Society’s attitude toward persons with special needs” (National Khmelnitsky University ,Ukraine); Prof. Dr. R. Shereizina “Developing creative personality of managers in education during research and project activities in Master studies” (Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University, Russia).
As part of working team “Giftedness and creativity: psychological and physiological factors of influence” Dr. B. Sergeeva presented “Pedagogical conditions to develop creativity of pupils in painting lessons” (Kuban State University, Russia); Dr. O. Shherbina about “Socio-pedagogical support strategies for the gifted” (Kostroma State University, Russia); Dr. T. Lopatik “Tutoring of the talented” (Minsk Academy of Post-graduate Education, Belarus)
Working team “Initial and further education and training with regard to giftedness and creativity” introducedfollowing lectures: Dr. N. Bumashenko “Role of extracurricular institutions in developing giftedness of pupils” (Vitebsk State University, Belarus); Dr. E. Egorova “Learning and educational forms for the talented in secondary schools” (Novgorod State University, Russia); Dr. Behrensen B. “Inclusive support of the gifted” (Research Centre for support of the gifted in Lower Saxony Institute for Early Childhood Education and Development (nifbe), Osnabrück, Germany); E. Heino “Functional approaches to social work” (Helsinki University, Finland).
In working team “Detection of intellectual and creative potential on various development stages” there were following lectures presented: Dr. T. Bashkireva with “Psycho-physical adaptive reactions of female gymnasts in Olympic reserve teams” (Ryazan State University, Russia); Dr. N. Lebedev “Primary school children in Mozyr city” (Mozyr State Pedagogical University, Belarus); Dr. U. Algermissen “Learning stories writing. Developing creativity through a biographical input” (University of Hildesheim, Germany); Dr. S. Garkavenko “Socialization problems of the talented in secondary schools” (National Pedagogical Dragomanov University, Kiev, Ukraine); Prof. Dr. O. Krylova „Special education needs of the gifted” (Academy for Further Education, St. Petersburg, Russia).
Within the conference, participants visited state grammar school No.1, secondary school No.46, secondary school “Novkinskaya” in Vitebsk. In these schools namely they attempt to integrate handicap pupils and promote giftedness and creativity. When sitting on the lectures, heads of the schools and teachers discussed with the project participants experience in the issues in question.