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ERIC Number: EJ1199399
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Gifted Dropouts: How This Dutch Program Helps Struggling Students Get Back on Track
Koenderink, Tijl; Hovinga, Femke
Parenting for High Potential, v7 n4 p12-13, 20 Dec 2018
"Falling out" of education is a rampant problem among gifted children and adults in the Netherlands. An educated guess is that one-third of the gifted adults are unhappy with where they are in their lives and careers. This article discusses ways in which parents or teachers can make a difference by seeing the whole gifted child, creating materials to match educational needs, and advocating for appropriate programs and services. The article discusses two resources that are used in the Netherlands to prevent gifted kids from dropping out of school or help them once they have dropped out of school: (1) "fitting education" and (2) Feniks Talent, a dropout center. "Fitting education" is the Dutch variety of No Child Left Behind, which at its most basic level, is a regional budget allocated to schools in order to keep as many children as possible in regular education. Feniks Talent focuses solely on gifted dropouts, many of whom are twice-exceptional. At Feniks Talent, staff gather gifted youth in groups of 60, exposing them to the peer group that many never encountered in their school career. In these group sessions, students learn how to develop and reintegrate into society, either through school or through learning on the job.
National Association for Gifted Children. 1331 H Street NW Suite 1001, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-785-4268; Fax: 202-785-4248; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands