Annual Report 1991 Department of Education
Tabled Paper 1288
Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
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The development of Career Education was enhanced with the appointment, for two years, of a full time specialist in this field. During the second semester, work began on the establishment of a computerised Northern Territory data base of information about occupational and further education options in preparation for its introduction into all NT secondary schools, colleges and TAFE establishments during 1992 and its incorporation into a national data base. The Gifted Children's Advisory Committee completed a revised draft policy on the education of the gifted and talented, to be used for consultation early in 1992. The draft policy placed particular emphasis on the identification of gifted and talented students of Aboriginal background. In November, Professor Brian Start from the University of Melbourne was a keynote speaker at a conference in Darwin on the theme, Clever Kids in a Clever Country: Meeting the Needs of our Gifted and Talented Students at Home and at School, attended by more than 120 teachers and parents. Professor Start also visited Alice Springs where he conducted workshops for parents and teachers. Through Commonwealth funding under the Disadvantaged Schools and Country Areas Program, Mr Clive Lindop from Deakin University conducted, in each of the Territory's main centres, an innovative Philosopher in Residence program involving work with students, teachers and parents designed to enhance students' thinking skills. The annual Gurrung and Dharra vacation schools were again held at the Northern Territory University in July, attracting 250 primary and secondary students and bringing to more than 1000 the total number of participants from across the Northern Territory to have taken part in these opportunities to extend their areas of interest and to learn about courses available at the university. 5