The University of Salamanca and the ATENEA Association collaborate in order to end with the deficiencies in the detection, identification and support for high intellectual capabilities.

Last Wednesday, the Faculty of Translation and Documentation held a colloquium titled “High Intellectual Capabilities: the importance of detection and assistance”.

The University of Salamanca and Salamanca’s Support Association for High Capabilities (ATENEA), have signed a collaboration agreement for enriching the after-school activities of children and teenagers with high intellectual capabilities. Our pursue is to be a model in the detection, education and awareness of high capabilities, and for this reason we will elaborate an ambitious Project.

In USAL, we are already working on coordinating research groups which will unite specialists and researchers from the University, associations and external entities, with the goal of improving detection and implementing measures that will enrich the education of children and teenagers with high intellectual capabilities.

The University of Salamanca is now looking for funding sources and infrastructures in order to initiate these investigations and create mechanisms that will involve primary and secondary schools and universities, as well as diverse institutions.

In this regard, we have already created the High Intellectual Capabilities Observatory with the aim of ending with the shortcomings in detecting, identifying and supporting high intellectual capabilities. Thanks to this initiative, USAL and ATENEA will offer courses, workshops, and seminars in the Faculties of the University of Salamanca in order to improve the training of future professors, teachers, psychologists and school counselors, in this area.

Within the framework of this agreement, Mª Dolores García Román, a researcher with a degree in psychology and the person in charge of the Support Unit for students with high intellectual capabilities of the Specialized Counselling Team from Málaga, gave a conference-colloquium on “High Intellectual Capabilities: importance of detection and support”.


Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Catedrático en el Área de Ciencias de la Computación e Inteligencia Artificial de la Universidad de Salamanca. Director del Grupo de Investigación BISITE // Full Professor in Area of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at University of Salamanca. Director of the BISITE Research Group

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