IEC4008 - High Ability in Learners : Understanding and Providing for Them in the Regular Classroom

  • This course introduces teachers to the learning and affective needs of high-ability learners (HALs). It explores strategies and issues related to the identification of HALs as well as ways in which to differentiate content and processes laid out in the common syllabus to develop the potential of such learners. This is expected to provide teachers’ with a deeper understanding of how to provide authentic learning experiences for HALs as well as what to expect when differentiating instruction in the regular classroom.

  • At the end of the course, participants will be able to

    • have a better understanding of the cognitive and affective learning needs of HALs,
    • know about the different ways of gathering information about HALs in mixed-ability and banded classrooms,
    • understand ways to differentiate the content and process elements of instruction
    • understand the effect of different grouping strategies on HALs and issues related to the implementation of differentiated instruction in mixed ability settings
  • This course seeks to help teachers’ gain a deeper understanding of high-ability learners (HALs), to develop an informed awareness of the learning needs of HALs; and begin to provide for the needs of highly able pupils in regular classrooms. Topics will include an overview of the cognitive and affective traits as well as learning needs of high-ability learners; conceptions of intelligence and giftedness; issues around the identification and assessment of learning potential; and the rationale for differentiated instruction; Participants will be acquainted with some methods of instructional modification and strategies for engaging learners with high ability and for enhancing their learning in mixed-ability settings.

  • Primary and Secondary level teachers

  • School teachers with Diploma in Education or its equivalent

  • Combination of presentation and written assignments

  • Date: 10, 17 and 24 July 2018
    Time: 9am to 4pm
    26 hours (includes 8 hours of e-learning)
    Venue: National Institute of Education (exact room details to be advised later)

    *Note: NIE reserves the right to change or cancel the course due to unforeseen circumstances

    • MOE Participants - $279.20 (incl. 7% GST & $1 Copyright Fee).
    • Non MOE Participants - $2,087.50 (incl. 7% GST & $1 Copyright Fee)

    Tea refreshments will be provided during the workshop.

  • 10 June 2018

    Applicants will be notified of the results of their applications via e-mail.

  • Please read the instructions below carefully before completing the application form.   

    Upon confirmation, payment is required for all courses. Payment should only be made after the course placement letter has been sent to participants to confirm the application. Cancellations/withdrawals are not allowed. However, a replacement may be sent to attend the same course. 

    Payment through GIRO/IFAAS

    NIE will proceed to invoice the respective schools, and they can  make payment through GIRO or IFAAS. The amount payable should be credited into the NIE bank account number 518-041272-001.

    Payment by Cheque

    Please submit the cheque together with the application form. Cheque should be made payable to “National Institute of Education” and participant(s)’ name and course(s) clearly indicated on the reverse of the cheque.

    Please mail to: 
    National Institute of Education
    Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning
    1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616
    Attn: Ms Bhavani Silvarajoo


    NIE will acknowledge receipt of the application form through email within one week. The course placement letter will be emailed to applicants who have been successfully placed in a course and upon course confirmation.


    Please note that NIE reserves the right to replace an instructor for a course if the lecturer is unable to teach the course due to unforeseen circumstances. No refund of the course fee will be made to participants.

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