The Project Director, Prof. Dr. Heidrun Stoeger, and part of the GTMH team attended the 6th Conference of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE) in Taipei, Taiwan in April. Prof. Stoeger gave one of the keynotes. She spoke about the importance of self-regulated learning for gifted students and talent development—a subject that will be part of the mentoring concept of the GTMH, too.
Members of the team were also participating in the conference: Dr. Linlin Luo and Matthias Mader presented the GTMH and one of its core features, the “Planning of Individualized Learning Pathways”, in a symposium on “Mentoring for High Achievers in STEM”. Dr. Michael Heilemann participated in the same symposium with his findings on “The Influence of Learning Resources on Communication Behavior and Mentoring Success in an Online-Mentoring Program for Talented Girls”. Finally, Dr. Daniel Balestrini presented his research on “Substantiating Cultural Orientations Supportive of High Academic Achievement” in East Asia and the United States.
The very well organized conference with the motto “Nurturing Potentials Into Full Bloom and Into Excellence” was a great success. The GTMH team used the opportunity to further expand the network for recruiting mentees and mentors and to establish contacts for future coöperation with talent development experts from all over the world. Among others we discussed the GTMH with researchers and practitioners from the USA, India and, of course, various East Asian countries. All of them were very interested and eager to participate in the GTMH.