Personal learning environment of the talented student - based on their own experiences

Keywords: personal learning environment, digital learning environment, information and communication technologies, the talented learners, personalized learning environment

Abstract

Aim. The purpose of the research is to depict how talented students create their personal learning environment. The author of that paper shows a difference that has occurred thanks to the comparison between the manner in which average students and talented students build their personal learning environment.

Methods. The author has conducted quantitative research, by making a survey. The surveys were carried out among fifty talented students. This paper focuses on the presentation of their opinions. The respondents presented how they constructed their personal learning environment. Additionally, they expressed their viewpoints about their digital competences.

Results. The analysis shows that talented students are familiar with the latest digital tools. It allows them to design their personal learning space effectively. They can collect and process information profitably. They are also keen to share their knowledge with other participants of an educational process via the Internet, using some complex and practical devices. Moreover, talented students prefer discussing educational problems with other students online. They use some appropriate tools, such as chat rooms and social networking services. According to the research, the author can conclude that talented students are able to build and improve their digital learning space very well. They seem to create their personal learning environment functionally and consciously.

Conclusions. Talented learners use advanced searching strategies, methods of collecting and storing information, and also teamwork tools. It is particular that they are autonomous learners but they also like sharing knowledge with other learners. The level of information competences of the talented students is quite high.

Author Biography

Aneta Kamińska, Ignatianum Academy in Krakow, ul. Kopernika 26, 31-501 Krakow, Poland

Adjunct professor of the Ignatianum Academy in Krakow, Department of General Pedagogy and Theory of Education. She worked at the University of Lower Silesia in Wrocław and the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Wroclaw. She graduated from the University of Wroclaw - master of general pedagogy, doctor of humanities in the field of pedagogy (2011). Author of many articles in Polish and English languages, mainly on the subject of education of talented students, axiology, and early childhood education. Postdoctoral thesis topic: Education of gifted students in Europe. Teaching subjects: comparative education, early childhood education, general pedagogy, methodology of working with a gifted student, special pedagogy, school pedagogy.

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Published
2019-09-02
How to Cite
Kamińska, A. (2019). Personal learning environment of the talented student - based on their own experiences. Journal of Education Culture and Society, 10(2), 76-84. https://doi.org/10.15503/jecs20192.76.84