JOAN FREEMAN, Ph.D. (1935-2023)

Professor Joan Freeman at her home, London 28-09-2010 Photograph by Martin Godwin.

Pathbreaking psychologist and researcher, Professor Joan Freeman, died on July 2, 2023. She was 88.

Along with 9 other psychologists and educators, Prof. Freeman was instrumental in founding the European Council on High Ability https://echa-site.eu/. The organization grew to have an international impact, reporting on research and practices around the globe and advocating for children and youth with intellectual and academic gifts and talents.  She was active in the organization into her 80s as Founding President and as a spokesperson. In addition, from 2010 she became active in the formation of the European Talent Support Network within ECHA.

Prof. Freeman was a pioneer of the longitudinal research approach to studying gifted children and their families.  In the course of her career, she served as a consultant to universities in several countries, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Prague, Arabian Gulf University, Yale University, the University of Alberta, and the University of Stockholm. Prof. Freeman was in regular demand as a speaker around the world.

In 2007 she won a lifetime achievement award from the British Psychological Society.  The award is given to psychologists with an outstanding record of personal achievements who have also made significant contributions to the advancement of psychological knowledge. In 2014, Mensa International awarded her a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Prof. Freeman was born Sally Joan Casket, in 1935. She grew up in Manchester, apart from five years as a child evacuee in Canada during the war. She received her PhD in 1980 from the University of Manchester and became a Chartered Psychologist in 1988, licensed to practice by the British Psychological Society. She was awarded a visiting professorship at the University of Middlesex in 1991. During 1989-2020, living in London, Prof. Freeman served as a consultant to several agencies and universities while maintaining an active research agenda and a private practice working with children.  She was the author or editor of 17 books and over 150 peer-reviewed publications.  

Prof. Freeman was married to Prof. Hugh Freeman, M.D., editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry, who died on May 4, 2011.  She is survived by two sons and one daughter. Her son Tony Freeman passed away shortly before his mother.  

In an obituary for the website of the European Talent Center – Budapest, Csilla Fuszek, director at European Talent Center – Budapest, said, “Joan was interested in everything.  She was a lively and wise thinker; she could marvel at life again and again, and she had a kind of primal curiosity about people and all new things. At conferences, everything Joan presented reflected what she loved the most: intellectual inspiration, a lively argument, good company, the joy and excitement of creation. It is no coincidence that Joan became the founding president of ECHA. It is also no coincidence that she became a role model for many colleagues, an inspirational force not only because of her excellent research but also because of her character, one with strong views yet responsive to challenges. This is how everyone should grow old! we used to say.”

She leaves many friends and colleagues around the world who enjoyed her company, her wit, her passion for psychology, and her zest for adventure.

Call to organize the 20th International ECHA Conference in 2026

International ECHA Conferences were and remain biannual summits in the last more than three decades. Every two years, the International ECHA conference brings together scientists and practitioners who are dedicated to the field of gifted education and talent support. On one hand, organizing an International ECHA Conference is a time-consuming and exhausting task. On the other hand, it is a rewarding, enriching and satisfying mission, which gives the possibility to you, the Organizer team, to show the world that your country and your organization stand up for the highly able people of all ages, and gives many long-term benefits. The General Committee of ECHA invites organizations involved in gifted education and/or care of highly able young people in Europe to submit their application to organize the 20th International ECHA Conference in September 2026. The Guidelines for an ECHA Conference can be downloaded from HERE (ECHA International Conference guidelines). 

You should submit your application using the Application Form downloadable from HERE (ECHA International Conference proposal 2026) before the 30th of February 2024 by email to ECHA Admin <admin@echa-site.eu>. By the end of March the ECHA General Committee will discuss the proposals, inform applicants about each other’s proposal, and the opinion of the General Committee about the proposals. Applicants will be able to withdraw or modify their application until April 30th . The General Committee will announce the time, organizer and venue of the 20th International ECHA Conference to the applicants and on the ECHA website by 30th May 2024. We look forward to receiving your proposal!

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Gifted Child Quarterly

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Gifted Child Quarterly on Teachable Components of Talent Development in Academic Domains

Gifted Child Quarterly (GCQ) is planning a special issue on understanding the teachable and malleable factors associated with developing talent in academic domains with the purpose of supporting gifted education. The issue is scheduled to be published in April 2025 and is currently soliciting proposals for manuscripts. The first article by the special issue editors will provide a landscape rationale for the talent domain approach to gifted education, including current major models that explore the features of developing talent over time into early careers. We are seeking additional manuscripts that focus on the differing opportunities needed to transform abilities in specific academic domains into potential eminent contributions. Although not every person’s trajectory will lead to eminent contributions, clarifying the pathways and barriers to fulfilling creative potential is arguably an aspirational goal for the efforts of talented individuals and their supporters.   

Manuscripts must focus on a specific field in the academic domain. We especially welcome less explored academic fields (e.g., history, philosophy, expository writing). Authors can submit exploratory to advanced quantitative and/or qualitative studies or reviews of the literature. We are most interested in articles that present or rely on empirical research but will consider proposals for strong theoretical or exploratory manuscripts. We encourage manuscripts from talent development scholars that are co-authored by those who have worked successfully as professionals in the field they are writing about. 

Potential studies may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Evidence regarding pathways, critical experiences, or significant markers of progress, preferably in underreported academic fields.
  • Implementation of psychosocial skills mentoring, teaching, or coaching in developing high performance, preferably in an underreported field.
  • Illustrations of insider knowledge currently shared in a limited way to a limited audience, preferably in an underreported field.
  • Examples of especially crucial experiences that are necessary in particular domains during the school years (anticipating that different domain trajectories may begin in elementary school and some not until post-secondary education)
  • Identification of factors most dependent on financial and social capital and how this disparity might be addressed.

The deadline for proposal submissions is August 1, 2023. Prospective authors will find it useful to consult the general aim and scope for the journal at https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/journal/gifted-child-quarterly#aims-and-scope. This issue will be guest edited by Rena F. Subotnik, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, and Frank C. Worrell.

Proposals should include a title and a 500–750-word abstract describing the planned manuscript and how it will enhance understanding of a talent trajectory beginning during the pre-collegiate years in an understudied academic field.

Provide placeholders in the abstract for inclusion of the following in all final submissions:

  • the name of a collaborator with recognized expertise in the area
  • a discussion of the basic special abilities needed for the movement on the trajectory.
  • opportunities needed to move students from abilities to competency to expertise.
  • indicate how one knows or finds out they are ready to move ahead.
  • how talented individuals keep moving on the trajectory including relevant psychosocial skills
  • samples of insider knowledge
  • advice for those wishing to go beyond expertise into creating eminent contributions.

In keeping with the journal’s submission guidelines, manuscripts should not exceed 9000 words, excluding references, tables, and figures.

The timeline for this special issue is as follows:

  • Authors notified of invitation to submit no later than September 1, 2023. (The acceptance of a proposal does not guarantee acceptance of submitted manuscripts, as final manuscripts will go through masked review and must be accepted through the journal’s review process.)
  • Manuscripts due no later than May 1, 2024.
  • Reviews and action letters to authors by July 1, 2024.
  • Revisions due back from authors within 1 month of receipt.
  • Final accepted manuscripts completed and returned to guest editor by October 15, 2024.
  • The special Issue is scheduled to be published in Volume 69, Issue 2 in April 2025.

Submit proposals as an attached Word document by e-mail to a Guest Editor of the Special Issue, Rena Subotnik (rena.subotnik@gmail.com). Submissions of the complete manuscripts will be via the GCQ online submission page: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/gcq. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the Guest Editorial Staff at

rena.subotnik@gmail.com, p-olszewski-kubilius@northwestern.edu or frankc@berkeley.edu

Call for applications to organize the 4th Thematic ECHA Conference in 2025

International ECHA Conferences have been the biannual summits of European talent support in the last three decades. The 2016 General Assembly of ECHA modified the Standing Orders of ECHA allowing the organization, of a (much) smaller, thematically well-focused, research oriented ECHA Thematic Conference in between the two biannual International ECHA Conferences. The 1st Thematic ECHA Conference was organized in Dubrovnik (Croatia), between 16-18 October 2019 on Creativity Research & Innovation in Gifted Education: Social, Individual and Educational Perspective. The 2nd Thematic ECHA Conference was held online in Budapest (Hungary) between 25-27 March 2021 on Closing the achievement gaps in gifted education. The 3rd Thematic ECHA conference on teaching Highly Able Students will be held in Israel between Feb 28 – March 2 2023.

The General Committee of ECHA invites organizations involved in gifted education or help of highly able young people in Europe to submit their application to organize the 4th Thematic ECHA Conference in 2025. The Guidelines for a Thematic ECHA Conference can be downloaded from HERE. You should submit your application using the Application Form downloadable from HERE before 30th of November 2023. Please send the proposal by e-mail to the Secretary of ECHA, Dr. Colm O’Reilly to: colm.oreilly@dcu.ie  before 30th November 2023. By December 18th the ECHA General Committee will discuss the proposal, inform applicants about each others proposal, and the opinion of the General Committee about the proposals. Applicants will be able to withdraw or modify their application until January 31st 2024. The General Committee will announce the organizer, time and venue of the 4th Thematic ECHA Conference by 14th of February 2024 at the ECHA web-site. We look forward to receiving your proposal!

ECHA 2022: Call for abstracts

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

With great pleasure the National Talent Centre of the Netherlands would like to extend you a warm welcome to join us next year in The Hague, The Netherlands, as we host the 18th Conference of the European Council for High Ability on 31 August – 3 September 2022. Abstract submissions are welcome for consideration and can be submitted via the conference website until Monday 11 April 2022, 23.59 hrs. CET. 

CONFERENCE THEMES

  • Innovative Educational Practices
  • Creativity without Limits
  • Supporting Talent Development & Personal Growth
  • Connecting Research & Practice in Meaningful Ways
  • Engaging Every Learner: Motivation & Flow
  • Pupil’s voice
  • Creating New Traditions
  • Giftedness across the Lifespan

SUBMISSION

Abstracts can be submitted through the online submission form only.

The deadline for the online submission is 11 April 2022, 23.59 hrs. CET.

MORE INFO &
CALL FOR ABTRACTS

THE HAGUE
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Call to organize the 19th International ECHA Conference in 2024

International ECHA Conferences were and remain biannual summits in the last more than three decades. Every two years, the International ECHA conference brings together scientists and practitioners who are dedicated to the field of gifted education and talent support. On one hand, organizing an International ECHA Conference is a time-consuming and exhausting task. On the other hand, it is a rewarding, enriching and satisfying mission, which gives the possibility to you, the Organizer team, to show the world that your country and your organization stand up for the highly able people of all ages, and gives many long-term benefits. The General Committee of ECHA invites organizations involved in gifted education and/or care of highly able young people in Europe to submit their application to organize the 19th International ECHA Conference in September 2024. The Guidelines for an ECHA Conference can be downloaded from HERE (ECHA International Conference guidelines). 

You should submit your application using the Application Form downloadable from HERE (ECHA International Conference proposal 2024) before the 30th of January 2022 by email to ECHA Admin <admin@echa-site.eu>. The ECHA General Committee will then discuss the proposals, inform applicants about each other’s proposal, and the opinion of the General Committee about the proposals. Applicants will be able to withdraw or modify their application until March 30th . The General Committee will announce the time, organizer and venue of the 19th International ECHA Conference to the applicants and at the ECHA website by 30th April 2022. We look forward to receiving your proposal!

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Registration is now open for the

7th Bildungskongress in Muenster

in association with the LemaS-Conference 2021

22.09.-25.09.2021


Identifying Potential – Developing Talents – Sustainable Education

We are pleased to announce the 7th Bildungskongress in Muenster entitled “Identifying Potential – Developing Talents – Sustainable Education”, which will take place from September 22nd to 25th, 2021, together with the annual conference of the research association “LemaS” (Leistung macht Schule, an initiative to enhance talent development in German schools). The congress will be held digitally. 

The congress aims to connect research approaches from the fields of gifted education and gifted support with sustainability (SDGs) and the related aspect of social responsibility. A central concern are the global challenges of the 21st century (e.g. global climate and world health) and the question, how individualized talent support can prepare pupils of a new generation to meet these challenges in a dedicated, creative and constructive way. Based on these central questions, the congress, on the one hand, aims to ascertain, how the achievement-related potential of children and adolescents can optimally develop on a long-term basis and, on the other hand, how their talents can be integrated with regard to the role of civil society in shaping a sustainable future, in terms of ecology, society, economy, culture, politics, globalization and digitalization. In this context, also the function of states, or, more specifically, of educational policies (e.g. future teacher training, curriculum design and teaching methods for sustainable education) are to be discussed.

Confirmed Speakers are: Rena Subotnik, Jutta Allmendinger, Robert Sternberg, Armin Nassehi, Bernd Ulrich, Sally Reis, Joe Renzulli, Charles Fadel, Jan Bransen, Kristina Reiss, Kai Niebert and Andreas Schleicher (among others).

For more information see: https://icbfkongress.de/ (information in English on the right)

Register here: https://wwuindico.uni-muenster.de/e/mbk2021

Early Bird registration available until 30th June 2021.

If you have questions, feel free to contact our team: icbfkongress@uni-muenster.de 

Registration Open for The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC) 2021 Virtual World Conference

The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children will host its first Virtual World Conference over two weekends, July 31 – August 1 & August 7 – 8. The conference platform, SpotMe, will offer several networking opportunities including matchmaking for finding new colleagues with similar interests, question/comment feeds, video breakout sessions, among other features.

The conference will feature eight keynote presentations. There will also be 24 simulive sessions, eight live panel discussions, and many on-demand and audiovisual presentations. The schedule is staggered across three time zones to make it more accessible no matter where you live, and the simulive/live sessions with be recorded for later viewing.

Learn more and register at https://worldgifted2021.com/register/

Call to organize the 19th International ECHA Conference in 2024

International ECHA Conferences were and remain biannual summits in the last more than three decades. Every two years, the International ECHA conference brings together scientists and practitioners who are dedicated to the field of gifted education and talent support. On one hand, organizing an International ECHA Conference is a time-consuming and exhausting task. On the other hand, it is a rewarding, enriching and satisfying mission, which gives the possibility to you, the Organizer team, to show the world that your country and your organization stand up for the highly able people of all ages, and gives many long-term benefits. The General Committee of ECHA invites organizations involved in gifted education and/or care of highly able young people in Europe to submit their application to organize the 19th International ECHA Conference in September 2024. The Guidelines for an ECHA Conference can be downloaded here: ECHA International Conference Guidelines

You should submit your application using the Application Form downloadable here (ECHA International Conference proposal 2024) before the 15th of June 2021 by email to the Vice-President of ECHA, Prof. Albert Ziegler at albert.ziegler@fau.de. By August 31st the ECHA General Committee will discuss the proposals, inform applicants about each other’s proposal, and the opinion of the General Committee about the proposals. Applicants will be able to withdraw or modify their application until October 10th. The General Committee will announce the time, organizer and venue of the 19th International ECHA Conference to the applicants and at the ECHA website by 30th October 2021. We look forward to receiving your proposal!