Flinders University in Adelaide - scholarship essay
According to the report released by Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia in 2018, there were only 0.3% of special needs students and only 1.01% special schools in Indonesia. However, meaningful statistics for gifted students are lacking. This is the evidence that the concept and system of gifted education is not widely adopted by The Indonesian Educational Institutions and Educators. Consequently, there is a great need for educators to raise awareness. This would be problem a for Indonesia while setting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially in 'quality education'. By studying gifted education in Australia, I hope to become an advocate and a counselor for talented students.
Gifted Education at Flinders University in Adelaide has excellent courses, which can help me improve my professional capacity and equip me to design education curriculum. For instance, there are four compulsory units in the course, namely, Conceptions of Giftedness, Intelligence and Creativity, Curriculum and Differentiation, Program Design and Evaluation, and Affective Development, which consists the core of gifted studies and are strongly recommended. Furthermore, one of the senior lecturers, Dr. Jane Jarvis, has written a book 'Exploring Gifted Education' and one her journal articles, 'Defining a Coordinated Approach to Gifted Education' which gives the students the opportunity to study from the experts.
Moreover, They have a community center called OASIS that has captivating programs for the students. One of it is Global Connections and Conversations Groups, which aims to connect international perspectives and develop confidence through discussion. Being an assosiate of the international community, I believe will shape me to be a better communicator and thinker.
To sum up, Flinders University offers a perfect combination of learning experience, developing skills and bolsters professional goals of students, while offering excellent courses on gifted education.