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Teo, C. T., Quah, M. L., Ridzuan Abdul Rahim, & Rasanayagam, L. J. (2001, December). Self-knowledge education: Educating gifted children in Singapore on their hemispheric functioning. Paper presented at the AARE Conference, Fremantle, Australia.
With the advent of a new millennium, new forms of education are needed to meet the exigencies of the times. This paper proposes to include human education, specifically the education on self-knowledge, in the school curriculum as a catalyst to speed up the development of gifts and talents and hence the realisation of human potential. The entire series of self- knowledge lessons include knowledge of the gifted pupil’s character composition, brain functioning preferences and intellectual attributes, moral and volitional attributes, social abilities, and other personal and interpersonal skills. A total of 497 Primary 5 pupils in nine schools hosting the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) in Singapore were taught a series of self-knowledge lessons over a one-year period. This paper will discuss the profiles of the gifted pupils in terms of their preferred hemispheric functioning and how such awareness could enhance their academic performance.
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