BACSAL Rhoda Myra Garces

Assistant Professor

Early Childhood & Special Needs Education (ECSE)

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PhD (Clinical Psychology, Minor in Developmental Psychology)


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Research Interests
and the power of tales as windows to gifted children’s needs, Bibliotherapy, Children’s literature and YA fiction, Economically disadvantaged and culturally different gifted communities, Family relationships of high ability learners, Folktales across cultures, Indigenous practices of parents and educators in addressing needs of high ability learners, Programming for the Gifted, Psychology of artists and creative, Psychology of artists in training and eminent individuals, Qualitative methodologies, Socio-affective needs of gifted children, story telling, The arts and national identity, Usage of projective techniques on gifted children

  • Asst/Prof Myra Garces-Bacsal is the Programme Leader of the Masters and Bachelor’s Program in High Ability Studies and Gifted Education at the National Institute of Education. Aside from doing teaching supervision, she also does clinical supervision among graduate students in counseling psychology. She has published on socioaffective concerns of gifted learners, family influences in talent development, and experiences of flow among young artists. She also has a vibrant website on children’s literature and young adult fiction (, and an active participation in the kidlitosphere and the YA blogosphere.

  • Gifted Education, High Ability, Talent Development