mBET – Multi-dimensional tool for talent development
The multi-dimensional tool for talent development supports teachers in their holistic education of a child. With the mBET, they can assess talents and relevant personality characteristics and environment factors from the second to the sixth form, and in cooperation with parents and their child, personalised programmes for gifted education can be developed.
The mBET was developed at the OEZBF in a research project for the professionalization of teachers over several years. Within the holistic and systemic concept of giftedness, the mBET analyses four areas of giftedness, scholastic achievement and five personality characteristics and environmental factos relevant for the development of giftedness. The mBET contains various forms for observing a child (mBET observation forms), the synopsis of the observation forms (mBET profile form), and the mBET promotion form for the preparation and documentation of counselling meetings. By facilitating support-oriented round-table talks, the mBET helps teachers, parents and pupils to develop individually tailored talent development programs, taking into consideration both talents and other factors relevant for successful gifted education.
In their daily classroom work teachers monitor their pupils to be able to support them in their learning activities in the best way possible. This usually takes place parallel to teaching. For professional teaching, however, specific monitoring is indispensable.
The mBET highlights the individual strengths of the pupils to their teachers. This means that the mBET, rather than analysing deficits in pupils, instead takes an encouraging approach. Thus teachers can monitor the manifold talents of their pupils while teaching. Appropriate support programmes can be designed and personality and environmental factors are being analysed that can be conducive or impedimental to the development of talent.
Characteristics of mBET:
Areas of talent:
- intellectual potential
- physical-kinesthetic potential
- artistic potential
- creative potential
Personality and environmental factors:
- handling of requirements
- social acceptance
The mBET consists of the mBET observation form, the mBET profile form and the mBET promotion form.
Talent, school performance, personality features and environmental factors can be analysed with the help of the mBET observation form. It is available for teachers and parents, and also for pupils in order that they may evaluate themselves. The mBET profile form enables teachers to summarise the individual observation forms. The mBET promotion form serves as a basis for discussions between teachers, parents and pupils, and enables the documentation of the agreed talent support.
In addition to this the mBET promotion form enables a long-term support oriented programme for a child.
The mBET uses a multi-dimensional promotion approach to gain a holistic estimate of a child’s talents, including observations by teachers and the child’s parents. In teacher – parent – pupil discussions the so called SWOT analyses (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) give a clear picture of the child’s talents.
The mBET enables continuous and support-oriented backing of gifted children through repeated observation and regular counselling talks.
The mBET manual offers a practice-oriented assistance by using mBET and shows in detail theoretical principles and scientific development of the mBET-process.
Stahl, J., Rogl, S. & Schmid, F. (2016). Manual zum multidimensionalen Begabungs-Entwicklungs-Tool (mBET). Salzburg: ÖZBF.
The mBET observation form helps teachers to identify talents and strengths of their pupils and to create individually tailored promotion programmes.
In cooperation with the educational universities the OEZBF offers professional training for mBET users. These seminars follow the scheme of “train the trainers” and enable the participants to clarify the use of mBET to their colleagues.
The Content of the Professional Training
- Correct use and interpretation of the mBET observation forms (teachers, parents, pupils)
- Correct use of the mBET profile form
- Correct use of the mBET promotion form
- Design of adequate support measures
- Introduction to mBET observation tasks
- Introduction to mBET into counselling talks between teachers, parents and pupils
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