Data Privacy Statement

1. Name and address of the responsible controller

The responsible controller as defined in the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other national data protection laws of the EU member states as well as other data protection-related provisions is:

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU) / University of Münster (WWU)
represented by its Rector, Prof Dr Johannes Wessels,
Schlossplatz 2, 48149 Münster
Tel.: + 49 251 83-0
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2. Name and address of the data protection officer

The data protection officer appointed by the responsible controller is:

Nina Meyer-Pachur
Schlossplatz 2, 48149 Münster
Tel.: + 49 251 83-22446
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3. General information on data processing

We collect and use the personal data of our users insofar as necessary for operating a functional website and delivering our content and services, and to the extent to which the law permits.

Legal basis for processing personal data

Whenever we obtain the consent from a data subject to process personal data, Art. 6 (1 a) GDPR serves as the legal basis for processing this personal data.

Whenever processing such data is necessary for compliance with a legal regulation, to which the University of Münster is subject, Art. 6 (1 c) GDPR serves as the legal basis.

In cases for which processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person, Art. 6 (1 d) GDPR serves as the legal basis.

If processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the University of Münster, Art. 6 (1 e) GDPR serves as the legal basis for processing this data.

If processing is necessary for safeguarding the legitimate interests of the University of Münster or of a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject, Art. 6 (1 f) GDPR serves as the legal basis for processing this data. This does not apply to processing tasks which the University of Münster is obliged to perform as a public authority.

Duration of storage of personal data

We reserve the right to retain the data subject’s personal data for as long as the purpose of such storage exists. If processing is permitted on the basis of the subject’s consent, his/her personal data is only stored until the data subject withdraws his/her consent, except in cases where processing is governed by a different legal basis.

Right to rectification and erasure of personal data

The data subject has the right to obtain from the controller without undue delay the rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning him or her. The data subject also has the right to obtain from the controller the erasure of personal data concerning him or her without undue delay as soon as the purpose of storage is no longer necessary. In cases where data processing is performed on the basis of consent, the right to erasure exists if the data subject withdraws his/her consent and no other legal grounds exist for processing the data.

Personal data must be erased if the data subject objects to the processing in accordance with Art. 21 (1) GDPR and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing, or if the personal data has been unlawfully processed, or if the personal data must be erased in order to comply with a legal requirement mandated by an EU or member state law, to which the University of Münster is subject.

The right to erasure as put forth in the cases stated above does not apply, however, if it would prevent compliance with a legal obligation which requires processing by European Union or member state law, to which the University of Münster is subject, or hinder the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the University of Münster, or if extended storage is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

Right to withdrawal

If permission to process personal data was granted by the consent of the data subject, he or she may withdraw his/her consent at any time. All processing of personal data performed prior to withdrawal remains lawful irrespective of the subject’s withdrawal.

Right to information

The data subject has the right to obtain confirmation from the University of Münster whether it is processing any personal data concerning him or her. If such is the case, the data subject has a right to information regarding the type of personal data and the purpose for which it is being processed. The data subject also has the right to obtain information on the duration of the planned storage of his/her data, or on the criteria for determining how long his/her data is to be stored.

4. Provision of the website and creation of log files

Scope of data processing

For every access query to our website, our server automatically collects data and information from the querying computer system. 
The following data is collected in this process:

  1. information on the browser type and version
  2. the user's operating system
  3. the user’s Internet service provider
  4. the user’s IP address
  5. the date and time of the query
  6. websites from which the user’s system was directed to our website
  7. websites which the user’s system accesses via our website

This data is compiled in log files and saved on our server. No further personal data is stored together with the log file data.

Legal basis for processing

The legal basis for temporarily processing data and log files is provided in Art. 6 (1 f) GDPR.

Purpose of processing

The temporary storage of the IP address on our server is necessary for granting the user’s system access to our website. For this purpose, the user’s IP address must remain stored on our server for the duration of the session.

Data storage in log files is required to ensure the functionality of the website. Furthermore, the data enables us to optimise the website and guarantee the security of our IT systems. Data analysis for marketing-related purposes is not performed in this context.

These purposes correspond to the legitimate interests of data processing as indicated in Art. 6 (1 f) GDPR.

Duration of storage of personal data

The data is erased at the conclusion of the respective session.

All data stored in log files is erased within seven days. A longer period of data storage is possible. In such cases, the user’s IP address is erased or anonymised in such a way that renders it impossible to identify the querying client.

5. Use of cookies

Scope of data processing

Our website uses cookies. Cookies are small text files saved on or by the web browser, installed on the user’s computer system. Cookies are often saved on the user’s operating system whenever a user accesses a website. The file contains a distinctive sequence of characters which enables the browser to correctly identify a website when it is visited again.

We use cookies to improve the user friendliness of our website. Some elements on our website make it necessary to identify a querying browser after a page change. The following data is saved and transmitted through and by cookies:

  1. login information
  2. session settings

In cooperation with VariFast GmbH, advertising banners are integrated into some web pages of the University of Münster using the ad server provided by Adition AG. These banners also use cookies, or more specifically “session cookies” and temporary cookies, which serve to statistically analyse how many readers/visitors use the site and to quantitatively restrict the delivery of advertisements. The server only collects technical data, i.e. no data that can be used to identify the user. The data is anonymised and analysed for purely statistical purposes. For more information, please read the data protection policies of VariFast GmbH and Adition AG.

By clicking on the following link, you may withdraw your consent to having your anonymised data analysed by our advertising partners. In this case, Adition replaces your current cookie with a new opt-out cookie. This opt-out cookie deletes all previously collected data and prevents it from gathering any further anonymised information. If the opt-out cookie is deleted, Adition will no longer be aware of your wish to opt-out. In this case, you will have to repeat the opt-out procedure.
I withdraw my consent to have my data analysed by advertisers (opt-out)

Legal basis for processing

The legal basis for processing personal data using technically necessary cookies is provided in Art. 6 (1 f) GDPR. The legal basis for processing personal data using cookies for other purposes for which respective consent is granted by the user is provided in Art. 6 (1 a) GDPR.

Purpose of processing

The purpose of using technically necessary cookies is to make it easier for the client to use the website. Some functions on our website cannot be offered without cookies. Such functions require the browser to identify the user after a page change. These purposes correspond to the legitimate interests of processing personal data in accordance with Art. 6 (1 f) GDPR.

Cookies are required for the following applications:

  1. single sign-on
  2. assigning login sessions to specific servers (“sticky sessions”)

The user data collected with technically necessary cookies is not used for creating user profiles.

Duration of storage of personal data

Cookies are saved on the user’s computer which transfers them to our server. Consequently, as the user, you have complete control over how cookies are used by your system. By changing the settings in your web browser, you can deactivate or restrict the transmission of cookies to external websites. You can also delete all saved cookies on your system at any time. Restrictions on cookie usage can be managed automatically by your browser. If you choose to deactivate cookies for our website, it may prevent you from taking full advantage of all the features offered on this website.

 

6. Newsletter

Scope of data processing

The users of our website have the possibility of subscribing to a free University newsletter. When registering for the newsletter, the user is asked to provide information via an input mask which is then transferred to our server. This includes the following information:

  1. user’s email address
  2. user’s name
  3. password
  4. desired language
  5. desired form of delivery
  6. number of recognised deliverability issues

The following information is also collected at registration:

  1. IP address of the querying computer
  2. date and time of registration

As part of the registration process, the user is asked to consent to have his/her data processed and is informed of this data protection policy.

All personal data processed in connection with newsletter delivery is not shared with third parties. This data is exclusively used for delivering the newsletter.

Legal basis for processing

The legal basis for processing the user’s personal data after registering and granting his/her consent is provided in accordance with Art. 6 (1 a) GDPR.

Purpose of processing

The user’s email address is processed for the purpose of delivering the newsletter. Other personal data collected during registration is processed in order to prevent the improper use of our services or the provided email address.

Duration of storage of personal data

Your email address is saved on our server for as long as your newsletter subscription is active. Other personal data collected during the registration process is normally erased within seven days.

The newsletter subscription can be cancelled by the user at any time. For this purpose, a cancellation link is embedded in every newsletter. When cancelling the subscription, the user can also withdraw his/her consent to having his/her personal data collected during the registration process saved on the University’s server.

7. Email contact

Scope of data processing

On our website, users can personally contact the University via email by using the email address provided for such purposes. In this case, the email together with the user’s personal data is saved on our server.

The user’s personal data is not shared with third parties in this context. The data is exclusively used for purposes of establishing and maintaining contact with the user.

Legal basis for processing

The legal basis for processing the user’s personal data, acquired as a result of the user sending an email, is provided in accordance with Art. 6 (1 f) GDPR.

Purpose of processing

The user’s personal data is processed only for the purpose of establishing and maintaining contact with the user. This corresponds to the legitimate interests of processing personal data in accordance with Art. 6 (1 f) GDPR.

Duration of storage of personal data

All personal data sent to us via email is deleted as soon as the respective dialogue with the user is concluded. The dialogue is deemed concluded when circumstances indicate that the issue in question has been clarified to the satisfaction of all parties.

8. Campus map/Google Maps

Scope of data processing

Our website uses Google Maps API, an online interactive map service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). By using Google Maps, information about your usage of this website (along with your IP address) can be transmitted to and stored on a Google server in the USA.

For more information, please read Google’s terms of service and privacy policy.

Google forwards collected data to third parties insofar as is required by law or if third parties are commissioned to process this data on behalf of Google.
It is technically possible for Google to identify individual users on the basis of the data it receives. It is likewise possible to process personal data and the personal profiles of users on Google’s website for other purposes over which we have no control.

Legal basis for processing

The legal basis for processing the user’s personal data is provided in Art. 6 (1 a) GDPR.

Purpose of processing

The use of Google Maps enables users to more easily locate specific places indicated on our website.

9. Use of social media plugins

Scope of data processing

Our website uses social media plugins of various providers. When you access a page from our website which contains such a plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to the servers of the respective provider. The content of the plugin is directly transmitted to your browser which integrates it into the website.

Plugins enable the providers to know that you have accessed the respective page on our website. If you are logged in with the corresponding provider, the provider has the ability to assign this information to your account.

Legal basis for processing

The legal basis for processing the user’s personal data is provided in Art. 6 (1 a) GDPR.

 

10. Matomo web analysis (formerly PIWIK)

Scope of data processing

Our website uses the open-source software tool Matomo (formerly PIWIK) for analysing the browsing behaviour of our users. The software saves cookies onto the user’s computer (for more on cookies, see above). When the user accesses a page on our website, Matomo saves the following data:

  1. two bytes of the user’s IP address
  2. the accessed webpage
  3. the website from which the user is directed to the accessed page (referrer)
  4. the sub-pages to which the user is directed from the accessed page
  5. the length of time the user remains on the page
  6. the frequency the page is accessed

The software runs exclusively on the servers of our website. Any storage of the user’s personal data only takes place there. No data is shared with third parties.

The software is configured in such a way that it does not store full IP addresses, but only two bytes of the user’s IP address. This renders it impossible to attribute the abbreviated IP address to the querying computer.

If you do not wish to have your data saved and analysed, you can withdraw your consent on cookie storage and usage with a mouse click at any time. In such cases, Matomo places an “opt-out cookie” onto your browser which prevents it from collecting any data during your visit to our website. Please note: If you choose to delete the cookies in your browser, the opt-out cookie will also be erased, which means you will have to reactivate the opt-out cookie during your next visit.

If you have activated the "Do not track" option in your browser, you do not require an opt-out cookie.

Legal basis for processing

The legal basis for processing the user’s personal data is provided in Art. 6 (1 f) GDPR.

Purpose of processing

Processing the user's personal data allows us to analyse the browsing behaviour of our users. The analysis of the collected data permits us to generate information about how certain components of our website are used. This helps us to improve our website and enhance user friendliness on a continual basis. This corresponds to the legitimate interests of processing personal data in accordance with Art. 6 (1 f) GDPR.

Duration of storage of personal data

All personal data is deleted as soon as it is no longer required for purposes of documenting the user’s visit.

Cookies are saved on the user’s computer which transfers them to our server. Consequently, as the user, you have complete control over how cookies are used by your system. By changing the settings in your web browser, you can deactivate or restrict the transmission of cookies to external websites. You can also delete all saved cookies on your system at any time. Restrictions on cookie usage can be managed automatically by your browser. If you choose to deactivate cookies for our website, it may prevent you from taking full advantage of all the features offered on this website.

 

Legal Disclosure

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Internationales Centrum für Begabungsforschung (ICBF)
Georgskommende 33
D-48143 Münster
Tel.: +49 251 83-29314
Fax.: +49 251 83-29316
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The ICBF is an institution of the University of Münster (WWU). The University of Münster (WWU) is a public-sector statutory body of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is represented by its Rector, Prof. Johannes Wessels.

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Schlossplatz 2, 48149 Münster
Telefon: +49 251 83-0
Fax: +49 251 83-2 48 31
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Controlling authority: 
Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
Völklinger Straße 49
40221 Düsseldorf
Germany

VAT identification number: DE 126118759 


Editor responsible for the content of the website in accordance with § 55 Abs. 2 RStV (Rundfunkstaatsvertrag, Interstate Broadcasting Agreement):
Prof. Dr. Christian Fischer
Telefon: +49 251 83-29314
Fax: +49 251 83-29316
E-Mail: ICBF(at)uni-muenster.de

This legal disclosure applies to information provided on the central website managed by the administration of the ICB which can be accessed via the URL www.icbf.de . All copyrighted information is designated by the copyright sign "© ICBF". Editorial responsibility for all the other pages on this Internet server rests with the offices, authorities or persons who have set up and published the pages.

 

Support

Would you like to contribute to giftedness and talent research and individual promotion with a donation?

You can issue a direct debit authorization, or make your own donation by bank transfer. A donation receipt can be issued and of course we would gladly answer any questions you may have. 

 

Donation Account:

Stiftung Internationales Centrum für Begabungsforschung

Bank:   Deutsche Bank Muenster

Bank Code: 400 700 80 | Account Number: 031591101

Statutes Preamble

The International Centre for the Study of GiftednessFoundation is a non-profit institution supporting giftednessresearch, education and trainingThe objective is the promotion and development of individual talents and learning skills

Foundation

One must be allowed to develop one’s talents, to allow one’s personality to develop.

The International Centre for Giftedness Research Foundation is a non-profit institution supporting the Gifted and Giftedness Research as well as providing education and training. In particular, it aims at promoting education, science and research and those in need of support. Funding will promote individual talents and children’s, adolescents’ and adults’ learning skills. An important aim of the foundation is to make gifted education accessible to children and young people regardless of their social status or the financial capacity of their families. Furthermore, the Foundation wishes to establish the subjects Giftedness and Talent Research in nurseries, schools and educational institutions. With this goal it seeks to raise the awareness of policymakers and the public for these issues and supports the implementation of thematic conventions and conferences. This purpose is realised through:

  • Cooperation with and between parents, schools, universities and private and public funding agencies
  • Promotion of scientific projects on the study of individual aptitudes and learning skills
  • Individual measures for the diagnosis, counselling and support of talents and learning skills
  • Individual support measures for people with special abilities and / or learning difficulties
  • Education and training of all the learning and development processes involved in the promotion of individual talents and learning skills
  • Support activities to promote individual talents and learning skills of children and adolescents from disadvantaged families

You can find detailed information at this websites:


Download a flyer here.

 

Parent Training

The Parent Training Course is aimed at parents and caregivers who are responsible for the social and emotional development of gifted and exceptionally gifted children and young people and deals with educational issues. Using the research results and experiences of Prof. James T. Webb the course was developed as part of the German translation of his book; A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children. The participants acquire knowledge in six thematic blocks relating to this development and education and are able to reflect on their own role and parenting behavior. In addition participants acquire the following the knowledge and skills :

  •   The characteristics and needs of (highly) gifted children and young people as well as the important role of parents of (highly) gifted children. 
  •   Particular points or aspects in the interaction with (highly) gifted children and of young people which will assist you in your communication and relationship with them. 
  •   Your own style of communication and the development of a supportive attitude and discussion techniques. 
  •   Motivation models and motivation boosting conditions and how you can manage them. 
  •   Learning and thinking styles of (highly) gifted children. 
  •   The intensity, perfectionism and stress of (highly) gifted children and adolescents and will be able to assist in the development of appropriate coping strategies. 
  •   The benefits and dangers of idealism of gifted learners. 
  •   You be able to reflect upon your (family) relations and  modify them as required.


After completion of the course the participants should be able to optimize their interactions with (highly) gifted children and adolescents, by contributing their newly acquired knowledge and skills essential for a beneficial development (not only) on the social-emotional level. 
 

Contact:

Contact: Inga Liebert Cop, Dipl.-Psych, Dipl.-Ped.  
Telephone Consultation: Fridays 09.00-12.00
Telephone: +49 (0)251 832 9307

Please feel free to call us using the details above, or our secretariat: Birgitt Huesmann & Elke Surmann outside these hours on +49 (0)251 832 9314 or alternatively using the form here.

Teacher Training & Further Education

Teacher Training & Further Education is the design and implementation of an interdisciplinary and international education and as well as of training curricula, symposia, conferences and publication series for the research of talent and gifted education.

  • Development of appropriate training and continuing education concepts for Talent Research and Talent Development
  • Implementation of university lectures on the subject of talent research and practical involvement of students in projects on gifted education (teacher education through student support)
  • Implementation of a continuing education program for gifted education for teachers (ECHA Diploma: 'Specialist in Gifted Training') *
  • Implementation of a training course for gifted education for educators (ECHA Certificate: 'Specialist in Pre-School Gifted Education') *
  • Implementation of a training course for gifted students for volunteer advisors ('Specialist in Coaching the Gifted') *
  • Implementation of a training course to promote learning skills for teachers (EOS Counselling Teacher) *
  • Conducting training, workshopssymposiums and conferences for Talent Research and Talented Promotion
  • Publication of own publication series ('Begabungsforschung - Schriftenreihe des ICBF' ('ICBF Talent ResearchSeries') and 'Begabtenförderung - Praxisberichte des ICBF' ('ICBF Giftedness Profiles'))
  • Implementation of a parent training course for the social-emotional support of gifted children and young people (Parent Training)

*For further information please visit the german part of our website (ECHA-Zertifikat). Thanks! 

Math for Little Aces

The primary goal of the Math for Little Aces Project is to optimise the promotion of mathematically gifted children in grades 3-8 through research findings. At the same time this project involves a lot of advantages:

  • The children can further develop their math skills in a comfortable environment and under qualified supervision
  • The participating students acquire new skills, e.g: diagnosis and promotion concepts for a differentiated promotion integrated into the regular classroom, which are available for all children including mathematically interested and gifted children and are developed in collaboration with the participating schools
  • Please feel free to call our secretariat: Birgitt Huesmann & Elke Surmann on +49 (0)251 832 9314 or alternatively using the form here.

Challenge and Support Project

The aim of the Challenge and Support Project (Forder-Förder-Projekt (FFP)) is to challenge students’ talents as well as to develop and explore their interests. The project is offered in three different forms. It was originally developed for students in Primary and Secondary Schools with special talents in the form of the FFP-D (“Revolving Door Model”). This form was then further developed and the FFP-R (Regular Model) and the FFP-A (Advanced Model) were established. The course is run by Teacher Training Students from the University of Muenster.

The FFP-D Project is the Revolving Door Model and is aimed at students in Primary School and the lower grades of Secondary School who are to receive promotion outside the regular school curriculum. They leave lessons for two hours a week to learn and work on the project in small groups. Self-regulated learning strategies are promoted in the project, including information processing and self-control strategies as well as performance motivation. The students choose a topic according to their own interests and write a separate expert paper on this topic. At the end of the project, a presentation is given where their completed work is then presented at a meeting of experts at the Schloss of the University of Muenster.

The FFP-R Project is the Regular Model and offers the possibility of individual promotion for all classes of Primary School and the lower grades of Secondary School. While the children work in small groups in the Revolving Door Model, the Regular Model project is designed for the entire study group. The stages and goals are consistent with those of the Revolving Door Model and the students have the opportunity to present their work in front of their classmates, parents and friends at a closing ceremony at their school.

The FFP-A Project is the Advanced Model and is intended for advanced students in grades 8 and 9 (13-15 years old). The Advanced Model is organised in small groups and takes place outside the regular education system. Again participants develop their own research question according to their personal interests and write their own expert paper. They use strategies of learning through research and apply test forms of scientific work. The students base their work on the typical structure of an inquiry process. They present the results of their work, together with the participants of the Revolving Door Model (FFP-D), at the Schloss of the University of Muenster.

Further information can also be found in the ICBF Guide for the Promotion of Students with Special Talents here.

The programme for the Experts Meeting of can be found here.

Video trailer: The Challenge and Support Project (FFP)- Research in School

 

Please feel free to call our secretariat: Birgitt Huesmann & Elke Surmann during office hours on +49 (0)251 832 9314 or alternatively using the form here.

Learning Strategies Course

In the "Learning Strategies for Gifted Children" course, action oriented learning and working strategies are offered that are essential in educational contexts. It is primarily designed for children in grades three to nine (8-16 years old). The course initially consists of a compact course covering three modules; "Learning Techniques", "Languages" and "Newspapers".

The children are arranged in small groups to participate in the individual modules, with the compact seminar running over three days using a day for each module. For accompanying parents, counselling and instruction is provided as part of the course concept. This course has been tried and tested over several years now with more than 400 children in cities all over Germany.

A one-day follow-up seminar with a focus on "Motivation and Presentation Skills" is offered six months later building on the compact course. Past experience has shown that this seminar combination is extremely important in achieving lasting improvements in learning and working behaviours.

Learning Techniques Module

The basic learning and working strategies that are used in both, the Language and Newspaper Modules, are discussed in the Learning Techniques Module. In addition to general work organisation during the learning process, specific techniques for particular areas are addressed depending on the school requirements.

On one hand the teaching of learning techniques refers to the difficulties children face when using German spelling and when learning vocabulary in a foreign language. After a promotion diagnosis, students learn to use elements of the Lega Optima ® Programme strategies that meet their individual error priorities as well as their particular learning style.

On the other hand, strategies for studying a text are taught. In this process, the children learn to use their strengths to address their specific difficulties. In addition to general literacy skills, special structuring aids for text preparation are taught so that students can comprehend the content of different texts more easily.

Language Module

The main focus of this course is on learning and testing fundamental vocabulary learning strategies. In collaboration with the children motivating and individual ways are sought to effectively learn new words in a foreign language. In each course these strategies will be taught in two of the foreign languages English, French or Spanish.

As particular emphasis is placed on action orientation, this course strongly differs from the traditional language learning experience and the children are more motivated. When applying the strategies in concrete situations, the students try different ways of learning and reflect upon the individual use of the strategies in the school context.

Besides effective memorising strategies, effective repetition opportunities for children and adolescents are of great importance in this course. Following the "mini-max principle" ("as little as possible and only as much as is needed") different ways to repeat the respective languages are tested with the students.

Newspaper Module

A journalist writes his texts according to certain rules which can be easily applied, for example, in German classes. The newspaper course teaches children and adolescents writing techniques and text development strategies that will help them to reduce writing barriers. In an almost playful way they learn what it takes to write an essay or a table of contents.

Most students use the computer for writing their texts which promotes the professional use of the computer as well as the students’ motivation for the course. In addition, when technically feasible, the children and adolescents achieve the basic knowledge of internet research. The search for literature always forms the basic module of the newspaper course.

Due to the small group sizes, it is possible to cater to each student’s individual needs. At the end of the course the children and adolescents receive a copy of the newspaper they have jointly created as the product of their work, serving as a reminder for the future.

Contact:

Ansprechpartner: Sarah Schulte ter Hardt
Telefon: 0251-8329312

LegaOptima®

The Reading and Writing Support Diagnosis, together with the Reading and Writing Development/Promotion Programme Lega Optima ® is part of the research project Giftedness and Reading and Writing Difficulties (dyslexia) developed at the University of Muenster. In this instance the LRS Support Diagnosis forms the basis for the Reading and Writing Development/Promotion Programme Lega Optima ®. However, it can also be taken as a general indication of the need for support.

In the Reading and Writing Support Diagnosis the specific causal factors of gifted children’s reading and spelling difficulties are collected in an anamnesis, i.e. the patient’s account of their medical history. Strengths as well as weaknesses are of great importance in the Reading and Writing Development/Promotion Programme in overcoming the child’s difficulties.

In addition to their history, standardised tests are used to determine the child’s individual error priorities. The error analysis, especially of the spelling, provides insights into their underlying thinking and learning processes. Based on the individual’s error profile, selective measures can then be developed.

A learning based Strategy Support Programme is provided covering learning strategies and a training programme in which parents spend ten minutes a day learning with their child . These learning strategies are based on the specific learning style and individual error priorities of the child, which are determined as part of the support diagnosis.

Learning optimisation takes place in five to seven training sessions in a four to six months period using the 'Mini-Max Principle' ('As little as possible and only as much as is needed'). The Reading and Writing Grant Programme uses a learning control based on a test comparison of the spelling skills before and after entering the programme.

If you wish to participate in this programme, please complete and return a registration form. Due to high demand and limited capacity, please expect long waiting times for an Reading and Writing Support Diagnosis. Requests will be processed after registration according to urgency.

Contact:

Contact: Christiane Fischer Ontrup, Vivian van Gerven
Telephone Consultation: Fridays 09.00-12.00 
Telephone: +49 (0) 251 832 9308

MOST

Motivation and Self-Control Training (MOST) is a special training programme which is targeted at children and adolescents showing “poor performance” in a school context.

Gifted Children and Adolescents do not always turn their talents into high achievement as is expected for their environment. MOST offers specific training methods for this target group based on the children’s and adolescents’ strengths.

Contact:

Contact: Vivian van Gerven
Telephone Consultation: Fridays 09.00-12.00 
Telephone: +49 (0) 251 832 9308

Consultation

When a Talent Diagnostic test has not yet been considered necessary or a test has previously been taken, parents and teachers can request a consultation. If the interview shows that a Talent Diagnostic would be useful, the consultation is considered as an anamnesis (a medical consultation).

In order for the consultation to be effective precise questions need to be formulated. During the consultation we can analyse the factors involved in the problem and together more precisely find solutions. The ICBF’s current research results and practices are incorporated in the consultation.

In advance of your consultation, we would ask that you complete and return our questionnaire, as well as to send the results of any previous testing/tests you or your child may have completed. This procedure allows us to prepare your consultation. The results of your consultation are recorded and we will be happy to make them available to you after the consultation. The consultation takes approximately 1.5 hours.

 

Contact:

Contact: Inga Liebert Cop, Dipl.-Psych, Dipl.-Ped. or Beate Möller, Dipl.-Psych. 
Telephone Consultation: Fridays 09.00-12.00
Telephone: +49 (0)251 832 9307

Please feel free to call us using the details above, or our secretariat: Birgitt Huesmann & Elke Surmann outside these hours on +49 (0)251 832 9314 or alternatively using the form here.

Gifted Diagnostic

A Gifted Diagnostic session is used to identify the potential abilities of a child applying standardised intelligence tests, which are currently considered the most reliable scientific method for diagnosing ability. From this session a Talent Profile is generated which indicates the distribution of the child’s strengths and difficulties.

The diagnosis does not only look at intellectual ability and potential but also takes personal and environmental factors into account. Basic data on past performance, interests, leisure activities, self-concept, social relations and learning and work habits (etc.) are all used for developing a holistic talent/giftedness diagnosis.

Recognising a child’s special talents is essential for his or her appropriate development and support. In discussions with the child, individual development opportunities based on his or her respective Talent Profile are developed. These can be implemented both in and outside the school environment. A targeted approach is the only way in which to adequately address a child's difficulties and develop the child’s strengths.

Talent Diagnostic Process:

Contact: If you are interested in a Talent Diagnosis you can either contact us via telephone to make an appointment, send a registration form, an anamnesis (medical history) and a completed questionnaire.

Diagnostic Test: In the first session of a Talent Diagnosis you or your child’s personal and medical history as well as learning and work habits are recorded. Personality factors and any special problems you or your child may have are discussed and you or your child are asked to complete an intelligence test. This first session takes approximately four hours.

Evaluation: Once the results have been evaluated, you are invited to a second session to discuss the findings, make recommendations for the promotion and development of your or your child’s talents and clarify any specific issues you may have. This second session takes approximately 1.5 hours.

Expert Report: At the end of the second session you are provided with our report. This document includes a detailed description of our findings with recommendations for the promotion and development of your or your child’s talents.

Contact:

Contact: Inga Liebert Cop, Dipl.-Psych, Dipl.-Ped. or Beate Moeller, Dipl.-Psych. 
Telephone Consultation: Fridays 09.00-12.00 
Telephone: +49 (0)251 832 9307

Please feel free to call us using the details above, or our secretariat: Birgitt Huesmann & Elke Surmann outside these hours on +49 (0)251 832 9314 or alternatively using the form here.

Gifted Education

Gifted Education is comprised of the diagnosis and the promotion of talent, learning skills and personal development of gifted children, adolescents and adults. In addition, it encompasses counselling for parents, educators and teachers in a curricular and an extra-curricular context.

  • Support diagnosis of Gifted and Talented Children (Gifted Diagnostic) and guidance for parents and teachers (Consultation) using the Nijmegen Model
  • Gifted motivational and self-control consultation and training of gifted children as well as counselling for parents and teachers (EOS/MOST) using the Osnabrueck Model
  • Diagnosis and development of Gifted Children with reading and writing difficulties (LegaOptima®)
  • Diagnosis and development of Gifted Children with learning and performance difficulties (Learning Strategy Course) using the Muenster Model
  • Diagnosis and development of self-directed learning processes of Gifted Children (Challenge and Support Project (FFP))
  • Development of mathematically talented children and guidance for parents and teachers (Math for Little Aces)

Talent Research

Talent Research is conducted on the developmental conditions of special talents and the implementation and evaluation of diagnostic tools, counselling approaches and support frameworks for gifted children, adolescents and adults.

  • Exploration in thought processes of and learning strategies for gifted children in interdisciplinary studies
  • Exploration of the development and learning conditions in the context of family, school and peer groups, as well as its supporting role in gifted education
  • Development of theoretical models and the establishment of test procedures for the identification of giftedness
  • Development of differentiated feature models and diagnostic tools for mathematically gifted children
  • Development and testing of a process-oriented support diagnosis for educational use
  • Development and testing of didactic approaches for a talent supportive classroom
  • Development and testing of task arrangements for mathematically gifted children in curricular and extra-curricular support projects
  • Evaluation of projects and programmes for gifted students
  • Academic support and advice for institutions in gifted education (e.g. Neue Schule Wolfsburg)

Research Topics

The ICBF has three main areas of research:

Talent Research

Talent Research is conducted on the developmental conditions of special talents and the implementation and evaluation of diagnostic tools, counselling approaches and support frameworks for gifted children, adolescents and adults.

Gifted Education

Gifted Education is comprised of the diagnosis and the promotion of talent, learning skills and personal development of gifted children, adolescents and adults. In addition, it deals with counselling for parents, educators and teachers in a curricular and an extra-curricular context.

Teacher Training & Further Education

Teacher Training & Further Education is the design and implementation of an interdisciplinary and international education and as well as of training curricula, symposia, conferences and publication series for the research of talent and gifted education.

IRUN: International Research Universities Network

International networks are essential when trying to find a research post or procuring funding on a European level. Furthermore, transnational research collaborations are an important factor in improving research quality.

IRUN, the International Research Universities Network, aims at improving the quality of research and teaching at the participating universities. Therefore, it is of great importance to initiate and strengthen the exchange between researchers, teachers and students. This exchange is the aim of many of IRUN’s current projects. The Network provides an excellent platform for joint specialised academic conferences, symposia and seminars. Currently IRUN is composed of nine European universities that possess excellent research positions in many disciplines and enjoys an outstanding international reputation.

The Network is composed of the following universities:

  • Jagiellonian University of Krakow (Poland)
  • Peter Pazmany Catholic University of Budapest (Hungary)
  • Radboud University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
  • University of Barcelona (Spain)
  • University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
  • University of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
  • University of Muenster (Germany)
  • University of Poitiers (France)
  • University of Siena (Italy)

Network of Euregional Universities

The Network of Euregional Universities is a transnational network of German, Dutch and Belgian universities which was established in Muenster on 15th May 1998. The network consists of:

  • Technical University of Dortmund
  • Catholic University of Leuven
  • University of Muenster
  • University of Nijmegen
  • University of Osnabrueck
  • University of Twente

There are numerous partnerships and alliances between the universities. Where possible courses are provided with joint degrees at both masters and post-graduate level which in addition has facilitated the promotion of young scientists and graduate students.

Welcome!

 

The International Center for the Study of Giftedness (ICBF) is a cooperative research institution of the University of Muenster, Osnabrueck and Nijmegen. The ICBF was founded in 2001 when the three universities agreed to participate in the Network of Euregional Universities (NEU).

The aim of the ICBF - supported by the ICBF foundation - is to combine and complement the experience and expertise of the involved universities in the areas of talent research, gifted education, as well as teacher training and further education in the talent support.

On the website you will find information about the team and cooperations as well as current research on talent development and giftedness.

 

 

ICBF | Adress

Mail: Georgskommende 33 
Visit: Krummer Timpen 57
D-48143 Münster
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Secretary's office

Tel.: +49 251 / 83-29314
Fax.: +49 251 / 83-29316
E-Mail: icbf@wwu.de
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Consultation and Diagnostics

Telephone consultation:
Fridays 9.00-12.00 o'clock
Tel.: +49 251 / 83-29307

 

Qualification and Promotion

Telephone consultation:
Fridays 9.00-12.00 o'clock
Tel.: +49 251 / 83-29308

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