Care and talent development for gifted children: Care and ta The nomological validity of an action plan model from a consultation office in Flanders.

Else Beckmann, Alexander Minnaert*, E. Bollen, C. Bontinck, J. Gyselinck, T. Kieboom, K. Venderickx

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Many models of giftedness focus on talent development and high achievement among gifted children, whereas social-emotional wellbeing is usually of less importance. The Growth Model, introduced in this article, integrates both concepts to resolve the problems gifted students are faced with and simultaneously keep the positive approach of talent development. In this literature review, 87 empirical articles were analyzed to investigate the nomological validity of the Growth Model. The results indicate that the concepts of the model are valid and generally have a connection with high achievement and social-emotional
wellbeing. The overview of the literature unfolds that the role of high intelligence and creativity is rather limited. More, factors such as high motivation, supportive family/school climate, and special educational arrangements play a positive role, whereas (feelings of) being different, fear of failure, insufficient study skills, and comorbidity seem to play a negative role. This literature review was a first step in validating the Growth Model. Further empirical research is needed to investigate the model in its totality.
Translated title of the contributionCare and talent development for gifted children:: Care and ta The nomological validity of an action plan model from a consultation office in Flanders.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)55-82
Number of pages28
JournalOrthopedagogiek: Onderzoek en Praktijk
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 24-Apr-2020


  • Giftedness
  • Talent development
  • Social-emotional development
  • Special educational needs
  • Non-cognitive skills

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