• Welcome to the 14th international conference on:
    Excellence, Creativity, Innovation and Gifted Education
    Albarsha - Dubai - UAE (December 09-10, 2016) Venue: GEMS World Academy


About the Conference

On behalf of the conference committees of the 14th International Conference on “Excellence, creativity, Innovation, Gifted Education”, I am delighted to welcome you to Dubai-UAE, which is proud to be the host for this Conference. The International Centre for Innovation in Education (ICIE) is honoured to organize this highly regarded international event in partnership with the local and international partners.

We are working to construct a conference that will inspire your understanding of innovative education, excellence in basic and higher education in general, and gifted education in particular. This conference has been growing from strength to strength in recent years, and we are keen to see this trend continue by expanding not only the number of national and international participant, but also the range and value of the services, facilities, and the activities that we offer at the conference. It is designed for participants who seek a broad interdisciplinary view of innovative education, excellence in education, and gifted education.

We encourage you all to visit the website of the conference, and to encourage your colleagues - particularly those new to innovative education, excellence in education, and gifted education - to do so as well. We welcome you to this unique international experience designed just for you.

I hope you will all find the 14th International Conference on innovative education, excellence in education, and gifted education valuable, enriching and enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you all at the conference.

Sandra Linke, Ph.D., Chair, ICIE

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  • 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Workshop 1 : by Prof.Taisir Subhi Yamin: Evaluation of Potential Creativity (EPoC) & Developing Productive Thinking Skills.
  • Workshop 2 : by Dr.Anies Alhroub: Multidimensional Identification Model for the Identification of Twice-Exceptional Learners.
  • Workshop 3 : by Dr.Nana Gulic and Sandra Krpan: ICIE Youth Summit: Engaging Youth for Excellence in International Cooperation.
  • Workshop 4 : by Prof.Arthur Gogatz: Innovation: Two key things you can do to become more innovative.
  • Workshop 5 : by Prof.Maija Aksela: ChemistryLab Gadolin as an innovative learning environment
  • Workshop 6 : by Dr.Ferial Mansour: School Evaluation: How to Achieve Excellence in Education
Opening Ceremony
  • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Keynote Speaker 1 : Children Discover the Beauty of Mathematics in Elementary School.
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter Eichler
The longer one thinks about this citation, the better one understands why children lose their interest in mathematics very quickly. This does not only affect talented children but very often it’s exactly them who suffer the most. There’s only one way to change that. We have to stop painting a picture of mathematics being pure calculus. Instead we could start to show children the beauty of the subject with all its bright ideas. Offer them the full creative potential of thinking and working mathematically. Although we claim that we already are doing so, the thing we really do is to give ancient tasks a modern look without changing the core of the task itself. Real mathematics which children could perform with delight does not play any role in every day teaching which restricts the subject to a boring yet annoying discipline. We instruct them how to do calculus – numbers, fractions, operations. After that the goal of mathematics is pure analysis – functions, integrals, maxima.

But even tasks of discrete mathematics can be transformed in a way that every primary school child can understand the problem. We can observe a thrilling reaction. These tasks arise real interest which will lead to another quite natural action. The children want to solve the problem and start working on it. Without force and without any order to do so. They take the task home and talk with their parents about it without the feeling of doing homework – because they saw the beauty of mathematics in it.
  • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Keynote Speaker 2 : Talent Support Networks as Tools to Discover and Develop Talent and Creativity
Peter Csermely (President, ECHA)
Talented people often occupy a central position in social networks. Some of these network positions are hubs, i.e. network nodes having a high number of contacts. These hubs often form the network core, which has a key role in determining network responses. Importantly, influential nodes may also connect hubs. Such dynamic, ‘creative nodes’ contribute to the development of novel responses. Similar adaptive responses characterize a large variety of complex systems from proteins, through brains to society. As demonstrated by these examples networks provide an efficient help of talent support. An example of this is the Hungarian Talent Support Network (http://tehetseg.hu/en) involving more than 200,000 people, and running the Hungarian Templeton Program (http://templetonprogram.hu/en) for exceptional cognitive talents. In recent years the European Council for High Ability (http://echa.info) started to organize a Talent Support Network (http://echa.info/high-ability-in-europe/#). This Network currently involves close to 300 organizations from 39 countries of many continents. Organizations of gifted education and talent support outside Europe may join the Network and be part of the growing intensive cooperation. The "philosophy" of networking is sharing and giving. The Talent Support Network started various programs to develop e-learning courses to identify and help talents, to help young talented artists, talents in STEM education and entrepreneurship. A Youth Platform of the Network was formed from talented young people between 14 and 30 and started several joint projects among others planning a virtual world 3D social network for interactive seminars and workshops. Talent support networks help the next generation to develop its abilities to the best and to contribute to the solutions of the urging problems of our planet.
  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 AM
  • 12:30 AM - 13:30 PM
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Workshop 7 : by Prof.Taisir Subhi Yamin: Evaluation of Potential Creativity (EPoC) & Developing Productive Thinking Skills.
  • Workshop 8 : by Dr.Peter Csermely: European Council for High Ability (ECHA): Objectives, activities, and membership.
  • Workshop 9 : by Prof.Arthur Gogatz: Decision-making: A new approach to one of the most important areas of business.
  • Workshop 10 : by Consultant.Andrew Willmoth: Using TASC to Promote the Development of Thinking Skills.
  • Workshop 11 : by Prof.Heinz Neber: Problem-Based Learning.
  • Workshop 12 : by Dr.Anies Alhroub: Multidimensional Identification Model for the Identification of Twice-Exceptional Learners.
Keynote Speaker 3 : Engaging Children and Youth on Math, Science, and Technology Education through the Finnish Model LUMA.
Prof. Maija Aksela
Finland became known for its students’ exceptionally high-level mathematics and science competence on international assessments during the 2000s. The aim of LUMA Centre Finland is to inspire and motivate children and youth into mathematics, science and technology through the latest methods and activities of science and technology education. The aim is also to support the life-long learning of teachers working on levels of education from early childhood to universities, and strengthen the development of research-based teaching. This presentation describes some successful examples of the LUMA activities for children and youth. See more: http://www.luma.fi/news
  • 15:30 PM - 16:30 PM
Keynote Speaker 4 : Leadership and Innovation: A tempestuous marriage
Prof. Arthur Gogatz
  • 16:30 PM - 17:30 PM
Coffee Break
  • 17:30 PM - 18:00 PM
Keynote Speaker 5 : Problem-Based Learning
Prof. Heinz Neber
Heinz nipper is one of the leading specialist German scientists learning based on problem solving, which works with the development of curricula and teaching materials experts in order to enrich and re-drafted to conform to Problem-Based Learning So, this lecture provides you an opportunity to get to know Problem-Based Learning strategies, and psychological, educational foundation for this trend, and how you can employ these strategies to improve educational article that studied, along with the development of teaching methods, and to maximize learning outcomes
  • 18:00 PM - 19:00 PM
Keynote Speaker 6 : Schools for Talent Development: A Comprehensive Plan for Program Planning and Implementation (Skype)
Prof. Joseph Renzulli
The economic, cultural, and social development of nations depends on the creativity and productivity of its most gifted citizens. Developing the gifts and talents of young people is the best way to invest in expanding the reservoir of future scientists, authors, inventors, entrepreneurs, and persons who will contribute to the cultural heritage of a country. This presentation will provide an overview of a talent development model that is based on over forty years of research and development and that is being used in countless schools in the U. S. and a number of other nations around the world. Topics include comprehensive strength assessment, modifying the curriculum for high achieving students, using technology to provide enrichment opportunities for all students, and guidelines for providing advanced level creative and investigative activities and projects. Emphasis will be on practical applications of the theories and research underlying this approach to talent development.
  • 19:00 PM - 20:00 PM
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Workshop 13 : by Prof.Taisir Subhi Yamin: Evaluation of Potential Creativity (EPoC) & Developing Productive Thinking Skills.
  • Workshop 14 : by Dr.Arthur Gogatz: Management tool: Data Elimination for Data Retention. A key management tool for the 21st century.
  • Workshop 15 : by Dr.Nana Gulic and Sandra Krpan: Problem-Based Learning
  • Workshop 16 : by Prof.Maija Aksela: Innovation: ChemistryLab Gadolin as an innovative learning environment.
  • Workshop 17 : by Prof.Nana Gulic and Sandra Krpan: ICIE Youth Summit: Engaging Youth for Excellence in International Cooperation.
  • Workshop 18 : by Dr.Ferial Mansour: School Evaluation: How to Achieve Excellence in Education.
Coffee Break
  • 10:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Keynote Speaker 7 : Overexcitabilities or ADHD: The Misdiagnosis of Giftedness
Prof. Anies Alhroub
Over the past three decades, a significant body of literature has emerged focusing on the application of Dabrowski's theory of positive disintegration to the study of gifted children and adolescents. Overexcitability was defined by Dabrowski (1972) as "higher than average responsiveness to stimuli, manifested either by psychomotor, sensual, emotional (affective), imaginational, or intellectual excitability, or the combination thereof" (p.303). However, research found that gifted learners can display behavioral characteristics similar to those exhibited by learners who have been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), leading to potential issues with misdiagnosis (Krayem, 2016; Rinn & Reynolds, 2012). The aim of this presentation is to (a) examine the relationship between characteristics of over-excitabilities (OEs) and symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorders in gifted children and adolescents; and (b) investigate teachers’ ability to identify whether gifted learners exhibit ADHD or OE symptoms using vignettes. This study provides empirical support for a relationship between ADHD and overexcitabilities within a sample of Jordanian gifted adolescents. The study examines common characteristics of ADHD and each type of OE separately to demonstrate why confusion may arise.
  • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Keynote Speaker 8 : The Jubilee Institute-Jordan: A Unique Model for Gifted Education and Excellence
Prof. Suha Jouaneh Shahin
  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • 12:30 PM - 13:30 PM
Keynote Speaker 9 : Using TASC to Promote the Development of Thinking Skills in the Context of Cross-Curricular Creative Problem-Solving
Prof. Andrew Willmoth
  • 13:30 PM - 14:30 PM
Keynote Speaker 10 : Innovation in Education
Prof. Taisir Subhi Yamin
  • 13:30 PM - 14:30 PM
Coffee Break
  • 15:30 PM - 16:00 PM
Symposium : Gifted Education in Arabic Countries.
Prof. Taisir Subhi Yamin
  • 16:00 PM - 18:00 PM
Keynote Speaker 11 : Creative Intelligence in the 21st Century: Grappling with Enormous Problems and Huge Opportunities (Skype)
Prof. Don Ambrose
This keynote describes the results of a large-scale, collaborative project involving leading scholars of creativity and giftedness in discussions of the ideal nature of education in the globalized 21st-century. In collaboration with leading psychologist Robert Sternberg I initiated this project to establish a broader vision of 21st-century education based on insights from multiple academic disciplines. The prominent thinkers involved in the project reacted to a conceptual model that synthesized research and theory from multiple disciplines to portray the threat of enormous macroproblems and the potential benefits of unprecedented macro-opportunities that arise from socioeconomic, cultural, political-ideological, and scientific developments in the 21st century. The macroproblems threaten to crush individuals and societies that find themselves mired in a miserable trap underneath the wave of globalization. Fortunately, the macro-opportunities promise to lift individuals and societies toward unprecedented success, if the education system can enable today's young people to overcome a “creative intelligence gap” and leap to the crest of the globalization wave. After the analysis of 21st-century demands, suggestions are made about the blend of knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for dealing with the macroproblems and capitalizing on the macro-opportunities.
  • 18:00 PM - 19:00 PM
ICIE Youth Summit: Engaging Youth for Excellence in International Cooperation.
Nana Gulic and Sandra Krpan
In May 2016 in Rijeka (Croatia) for the 13th time, the International Centre for Innovation in Education organized an international conference bringing together world-renowned experts on topics of gifted education and excellence in education. As in the past, international scholars shared their newest research and practical skills with conference participants from around the world. This 13th cnference that brought together over 400 people from around the world for the first time ever also included a Youth Summit. At the Youth Summit 200 youth from eight countries (Japan, USA, Germany, Slovenia, Turkey, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia) engaged in an intra- and inter- cultural dialogue with their peers. They described the ways they learn in classrooms, presented their best practice examples, learned from the adult experts who attended the ICIE conference and also taught them and made recommendations on how to achieve excellence in education. This symposium gained much attention because it was organized by youth for youth. Hence, this presentation will will be heavily focused on the work that the youth did in preparation for the event, as well as at the event itself.
  • 19:00 PM - 19:30 PM

Our Speakers

Prof. Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli

Director of UConn’s National Research Cente

Prof Joan Freeman

President of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA)

Prof. Don Amrose

Faculty - Rider University
Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, specializations in Talented and Gifted and Educational Foundations

Prof. Csermely-Péter

President, European Council for High Ability
head of the advisory board of the European Talent Centre- Budapest

Prof. Dr. Heinz Neber

Professor of psychology

Prof. Maija Aksela

Head of both national LUMA Centre Finland and the Unit of Chemistry Teacher Education in the Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki.

Prof. Dr. Taisir Subhi Yamin

General Director,The International Centre for Innovation in Education (ICIE).

Prof. Dr. Art-Gogatz

General Director - World Innovation Team

Dr. Sandra Linke

Co-Chair, ICIE

Dr. Anies Al-Hroub

Faculty - Rider University
Chairperson of the Department of Education at the American University of Beiruts

Dr. Ferial Tucker

Gifted Education Consultant

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