My research focuses on gifted and talented education, and teacher education and professional development, with an emphasis on underserved gifted populations and social justice
Dr Michelle Ronksley-Pavia has been a gifted and talented educator, special and inclusive education teacher and advisor, as well as a secondary English and Visual Arts teacher for over 20 years; in P-12 schools, and in Adult Education; TAFE and VET sectors, in Queensland and New South Wales. Over the last 11 years Michelle has worked with gifted and talented students throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales, and has developed teacher professional learning packages for educators in both primary and secondary schooling sectors. Michelle’s research focuses on underserved gifted populations including twice-exceptional learners (gifted students with disabilities), creativity and using Visual Arts and literacy practices to support gifted and talented students. This interest stemmed from learning Visual Arts when Michelle grew up living in Belgium.
Michelle serves as co-convenor for the Qualitative Research Methodologies Special Interest Group Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE). Michelle is also a member of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. She is a former president of the Gold Coast branch of the Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented Children (QAGTC).Michelle has worked with teachers to develop their capacity to support the needs of their gifted and talented students through workshops and presentations for Teacher Training Australia (TTA). Other highlights include:
Michelle’s research and publications are in the areas of gifted and talented education, twice-exceptional learners, at-risk adolescents, stigma and bullying in the lives of gifted and talented students, Visual Arts and gifted students, and narrative research practices. Michelle regularly presents at national and state conferences to practitioners, educators, parents and children about gifted education. Highlights of Michelle projects and publications:
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