A good practice from Nijmegen, the Nederlands

CBO (Centrum voor Begaafdheidsonderzoek)

Center for the Study of Giftedness

The Center for the Study of Giftedness (CBO Centrum voor Begaafdheidsonderzoek) is a university institute of Radboud University, Nijmegen, in the Netherlands. It was established by Prof. Franz Monks in 1988. From 1988 to 1997 CBO was part of the Department of Developmental Psychology, later it became part of the Department of Special Education, and from 2002 to 2013 CBO was part of the Academic Centre for Social Sciences. From 2014, CBO is part of the ITS, the institute for applied social sciences linked of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, which specializes in social scientific research, policy advice, company research and knowledge transfer.

The CBO mission

CBO is a financially self-sufficient international expertise center in the area of giftedness. Based on a firm scientific approach, they contribute to the professionalization of gifted education and to the realization of the support of gifted children and adolescents by offering parents and teachers information, workshops and courses about exceptional learning and developmental demands of gifted children. In addition, CBO staff, led by Dr Lianne Hoogeveen, strives to an educational policy, in which a structural differentiation in the education of gifted children is ensured. The goal of CBO is to contribute to the optimal development of gifted children and young adults, by means of support and scientific research on giftedness. All the members of the CBO staff are experienced professionals in the field of giftedness: psychologists, special educators, teachers and a linguist.

The combination of science and practice is a key element in CBO’s functions: it is a university institution, involved in academic research and teaching at the University of Nijmegen, but also a consultancy center, open for indiviudals and schools with several forms of counselling.
The four core functions of CBO are:

  1. Client care (diagnostics, counselling and support)
  2. Education
  3. Development of teaching material and teaching methods
  4. Scientific research.

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