Research and Publications

Development and editing of publications also take a significant part of the Hungarian Genius Program. As one means for supporting the progress of talent professionals in methodology and also to provide the materials for our conferences and courses, we develop resources and offer several publications on topics related to talent care. A wide variety of tools and techniques are introduced to the reader in a range of subjects, balanced with some works on more theoretical aspects of the area. These include: aptitude and behavioral assessment, methods of mentoring, development of critical and reflective thinking, guidance on talent care in specialist fields, the role of talent care in integration, development of enterpreneurial and project management skills etc. These materials are available for free in electronic and printed forms.

So far 21 books has been published.

Hungarian books showing local and international best practices

Ge¦üniusz ko¦łnyvek 189. International Horizons of Talent Support I. (in Hungarian and in English)

Editor: János Gordon Győri
Pages: 241

The book providing an overview of gifted and talented education in Austria, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain and the US. For the online version or to download the book in pdf format please follow this link: International Horizons of Talent Support, I.

Hungarian books on general aspects of talent support

geniusz_konyvek_061. Project-Based Teaching

Author: Prof. Mária M. Nádasi, Eötvös University, School of Pedagogy, Budapest, Hungary
Pages: 65

Content: The book summarizes all those theories and knowledge on project-based education which can help the reader to be able to use project-based teaching in his/her own practice. During describing various steps of a successful project some examples from Hungarian schools are shown by the author. At the end of the book positive or negative attitudes of Hungarian schools towards project-based education are also discussed.

geniusz_konyvek_042. Developing Reflective Thinking

Author: Judit Szivák, PhD, Eötvös University, School of Pedagogy, Budapest, Hungary
Pages: 37

Content: Reflective thinking is an essential part of the pedagogical practice especially during the process of talent development. After describing the latest theories and the roles of reflective thinking the author shows us several methods of how reflective thinking can be developed during teacher trainings in order to foster teachers to be reflective. (E.g.: types of reflective writing, portfolio, reflective modeling, “halls of mirrors” /after Schön/, etc.) Several of the described methods can also be used in classroom practice.

 
Hungarian books helping specific talent support areas


geniusz_konyvek_023. Talent Development in Biology Teaching

Authors: Dr. László Balogh (Debrecen University, Hungary); Dr. Futóné Edit Monori, secondary school teacher (Debrecen University Kossuth High School, Hungary); Revákné dr. Ibolya Markóczi, (Debrecen University, Hungary)
Pages: 183

Content: In the first part of the book (47 pages) Dr. Balogh describes several general concepts of giftedness (Renzulli, Tannenbaum, Mönks, Czeizel, Piirto, Sternberg and Gagné). Furthermore he summarizes the major methods of talent development and provisions for gifted programs in schools.
In the second part of the book (42 pages) authors (Dr. Futóné, Revákné) focus on the methodology of research in the science of biology and give several examples of how research and experiments can be used in school practice while teaching students showed talent in biology.   
In the third part of the book (93 pages) methods of constructive pedagogy are collected, which can be used in teaching and learning biology. (Eg,: drama as a teaching technique, cooperative learning according to Kagan, project-based learning, differentiation in class, organizational forms in learning.) Several educational project examples based on the Hungarian biology curriculum can be found in this part of the book.                                                                                                     

Ge¦üniusz ko¦łnyvek 134. Talent Development in Chemistry

Authors: Dr. László Balogh (Debrecen University, Hungary); Bohdaneczkyné Judit Schág, secondary school teacher (Debrecen University Kossuth High School, Hungary)
Pages: 146

Content: In the first part of the book (47 pages) Dr. Balogh describes several general concepts of giftedness (Renzulli, Tannenbaum, Mönks, Czeizel, Piirto, Sternberg and Gagné). Furthermore he summarizes the major methods of talent development and provisions for gifted programs in schools.
The second part of the book is highly practice-centered. After a brief overview of the history of the Hungarian chemistry teaching, the author (Bohdaneczkyné) speaks about the possible ways of identifying students gifted in chemistry within the framework of the Hungarian school system. Even this part is full of practical examples. The rest of the book is mainly about different ways of talent development and enrichment programs (e.g. extracurricular activities, camps, research programs, competitions etc.) Each of them is supported by several examples. The author also shows examples of how creativity can be developed through chemistry.

Ge¦üniusz ko¦łnyvek 155. Developing Mathematical Talents

Authors:
Dr. László Balogh (Debrecen University, Hungary); Gábor Kovács, secondary school teacher (Debrecen University Kossuth High School, Hungary)
Pages: 119

Content: In the first part of the book (47 pages) Dr. Balogh describes several general concepts of giftedness (Renzulli, Tannenbaum, Mönks, Czeizel, Piirto, Sternberg and Gagné). Furthermore he summarizes the major methods of talent development and provisions for gifted programs in schools.
The second part of the book is practice-centered and based on the best practice of the Secondary School of the Debrecen University. The author (Kovács) describes briefly the characteristics of the mathematically gifted students and the possible ways of developing logical thinking. The major part of the book contains tasks/ problems to solve of the following areas of mathematics: maximization problems, tangents of circles, series, combinatorics, probability theories and integral.
 

Géniusz könyvek 106. Talent Development in Physics Teaching

Authors: Dr. László Balogh (Debrecen University, Hungary); Éva Kirsch and Pál Dudics, secondary school teachers (Debrecen University Kossuth High School, Hungary)
Pages: 116

Content: In the first part of the book (47 pages) Dr. Balogh describes several general concepts of giftedness (Renzulli, Tannenbaum, Mönks, Czeizel, Piirto, Sternberg and Gagné). Furthermore he summarizes the major methods of talent development and provisions for gifted programs in schools.
This book is an excellent resource mainly for those, who are interested in teaching physics for talented students in extracurricular activities.  On the one hand, the authors of the second part (Kirsh and Dudich) focus on theoretical questions about gifted students in the field of physics. They are interested in identification of the gifted, the different abilities connected to physics (e.g. logical thinking, being talented in measuring, being good at learning strategies etc.) and the way to develop these abilities.
On the other hand, several practical problems/tasks to solve, questions that make students think, experiments etc. can be found in the book. The authors cover several problems/tasks/exercises from the major parts of physics e.g.: thermodynamics, mechanics, optics, guessing, maximization, electricity and magnetism etc.

Géniusz könyvek 167. Algorithms and Charts: Their Use and Development in Computer Science

Authors: Dr. László Balogh (Debrecen University, Hungary); Dr. Csernoch Mária (Debrecen University, Hungary)
Pages: 155

Content: In the first part of the book (47 pages) Dr. Balogh describes several general concepts of giftedness (Renzulli, Tannenbaum, Mönks, Czeizel, Piirto, Sternberg and Gagné). Furthermore he summarizes the major methods of talent development and provisions for gifted programs in schools.
In the second part of the book several different computer science tasks/problems (and ways how they can be solved) can be found. While solving these problems students have to be able to use tables, charts and they have to be able to write different algorithms. Some of these tasks have already been part of Hungarian computer science competitions.

geniusz_konyvek_118. Developing Talent in Arts

Authors: Ferenc Mező PhD (Debrecen University, Hungary); Csilla Kiss Papp and István Subicz, visual art teachers
Pages: 148

Content: The aim of this book is to help those who are dedicated to develop children’s talent in the field of visual arts. The first part of the book is written by Dr. Mező deals with the psychological basics of developing talents in arts. He deals with different concepts of giftedness and the possibilities of identifying giftedness in general and in the field of visual arts as well. Dr. Mező also mentions the possible roles of developing visual arts in schools.
The second part of the book is written by Kiss Papp, who is a practice-centered visual art teacher. Firstly, she describes the characteristic of developing students in the field of visual arts especially focusing on different phases of drawings. Through a number of examples the author shows how new pedagogical methods can be used in developing talented students. E.g.: using cooperative techniques / project-based tasks in teaching drawings.  The author also mentions how drawing and different school subjects can relate to each other. Besides drawing the author points out the importance of theoretical knowledge of art history, in this part of the book the reader also has several examples of how to teach art history.
In the third part of the book Subicz describes the importance of visual experiences in the process of developing talented students. He shows many examples of how this experience can be explored and used in extracurricular activities. He also collects examples of using different materials while teaching and refers to the motivating role of using various materials.

Electronic forms of all books are available in Hungarian to be downloaded for free at geniuszportal.hu/geniuszkonyvek

 


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