Professor Margaret Sutherland


Margaret Sutherland, PhD is Professor or High Ability Studies and Inclusive Practice. She is Director of Partnerships, Communication and External Engagement and Director of the Scottish Network for Able Pupils at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is serves as Treasurer on the Executive Committee of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children and the ECHA Accreditation Committee for the European Talent Support Network She has written articles in the field of high ability and is author of Gifted and Talented in the Early Years: A practical guide for 3-6 year olds and Developing the Gifted and Talented Young Learner.  Her first book is now in its second edition and has been translated into German and Slovenian. She has 40 years teaching experience in mainstream primary schools, behaviour support and latterly in higher education and so her work is primarily concerned with learning, teaching and pedagogy. Margaret is on the editorial board of the Korean Educational Development Institute Journal of Educational Policy, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, Journal for Educating Young Scientists and Giftedness and the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, British Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs and Support for Learning. She reviews papers for High Ability Studies, European Journal of Teacher Education, Adult and Continuing Education, British Educational Research Journal, the British Journal of Religious Education.  She regularly gives keynote addresses at conferences and has led courses, workshops and seminars across the UK and has been invited to work with staff and students in Africa, Europe, Australasia, China and North America.

enlightenedKeynote Title

The Policy Practice Nexus: Bridging the Gap Between Rhetoric and Reality

enlightenedKeynote Description

In this presentation, the many issues associated with the career development of gifted students in Asia will be outlined. In particular, the role of factors including cultural values, family influence, income, security, prestige, gender role expectations, career indecision, interest, enjoyment, and intellectual stimulation will be discussed. This will be followed by a comparison between the many issues influencing the career development of gifted students in Asian and non-Asian contexts. Thereafter, some models of career development will be reviewed with reference to the key issues surrounding the career development of gifted students in Asia. The presentation will conclude with some thoughts and reflections about the possible future of career development of gifted students in Asia.