Position Statements

giftEDnz: The Professional Association for Gifted Education periodically issues position statements addressing critical issues, policies and practices related to the education of gifted and talented children and young people. An aim of these statements is to provide clarification on the position of our organisation, based on an evidence-base of theory, policy, research and practice, within the context of Aotearoa New Zealand. In other words, these statements are designed as a way of helping others understand where giftEDnz, sometimes in collaboration with other national organisations, stands in relationship to critical issues in the education of gifted and talented students.

The position statements are designed to provide:

  • Guidance for professionals working with gifted and talented children and young people.
  • Evidence for advocates for appropriate identification and provisions for gifted and talented children and young people.
  • Support for centre and school leaders in the coordination, development, implementation and evaluation of identification and provisions for children and young people.
  • Information to spark the conversation, widen the knowledge base and feed the debate about issues in gifted and talented education.
  • Advice to centres, schools, and other education providers, regarding evidence-based practices in gifted and talented education.
  • Recommendations to Government and the Ministry of Education regarding priorities for policy, professional development and support, funding and research.

All position statements are written by members of giftEDnz, approved by the Board, based upon their professional, specialist knowledge and skills related to the issue, policy or practice. All position statements are approved by the Board, with the express view of ensuring the statements meet these two goals of the organisation:

  1. To advocate for equitable educational opportunities for gifted and talented students.
  2. To encourage the pursuit and sharing of best practice in gifted and talented education.

The Board acknowledges that the position statements reflect these goals, but may not reflect the views of individual or institutional members of giftEDnz.

If you would like to propose a position paper, please contact a member of the Board to discuss your ideas, by emailing giftednz@gmail.com