HIGH ABILITIES/GIFTEDNESS IN THE EDUCATION OF BRAZILIAN AND PORTUGUESE TEACHERS: A COMPARATIVE STUDY BETWEEN THE CASES OF UNESP AND UMINHO

ABSTRACT: Considering the teachers importance in the identification and encouragement of students with high abilities/giftedness, we propose to investigate and compare the structure and possibilities of teacher education on the topic in the Pedagogy course of UNESP, Marília Campus, in Brazil and in the Education Basic bachelor course and Masters in Teaching at UMinho, Gualtar Campus, in Portugal. The specific objectives are: to investigate students' knowledge about high abilities/giftedness; to analyze the relationship of research and extension projects with teacher education; to verify the productions collection on high abilities/giftedness in the campuses. The data were collected through interviews and consultation of the documentation bases. The production and acquisition of bibliographic materials, the way the topic is approached in the disciplines and the possibility of participating in research and extension projects are directly related to the scientific involvement of the teachers of the courses with the high abilities/giftedness.