Gifted Education in Carmel
Carmel has adopted the three-tier operation mode suggested by the Education Bureau in implementing gifted education. This comprehensive model facilitates the provision of gifted education at the classroom level (Level 1), through pull-out programmes within or after regular school hours (Level 2) and by means of enrichment and extension learning opportunities outside of school (Level 3). Effective implementation of gifted education does not only systematically and strategically develop the potentials of gifted students, but it also powerfully addresses learner diversity.
Three-tier Operation Mode
Gifted Education in Operation
Gifted education provision in Carmel is undertaken by the Academic Affairs Committee, the Elite Program Co-ordination Committee, the Extra-Curricular Activities Committee and subject departments. Between 2010 and 2013, the focus was solely on developing Level 2 and Level 3, and from September 2013, all three levels of the operation mode are worked on.
The Way Forward
One significant insight that is gained from our involvement in gifted education is that this endeavour benefits not only gifted learners but all students. Strategies that reinforce higher-order thinking, creativity, personal-social competence and differentiate content and the learning process are crucial not only for gifted learners, but students of any ability. Gifted education will continue to develop in Carmel, as it provides one effective means to cater for learner diversity.
The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education
Gifted Education Section, Education Bureau, HKSAR
Programme for Gifted and Talented, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Center for the Development of the Gifted and Talented, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Elite Program Coordinating Committee
Committee Chairperson: Mr. Ho Hok Leong
Committee Members: Mr. Leung Chi Heng