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2017 WCGTC Biennial World Conference

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13 Tournament of Minds - a six-week challenge or a lifetime of valuable skills?

Tournament of Minds (TOM) is an Asian-Pacific Competition that has been operating since 1987. This year it had over 40,000 participants from Australia and internationally. It teaches 21st century skills and, importantly, it is fun! This session outlines how creativity is developed. Receive challenges and hear results of a qualitative study where past competitors reflect on their experience. Now in their twenties, they discuss the impact the skills and attitudes they gained from TOM have had on their post-secondary lives. This small-scale research will throw light on an educational experience from the students’ perspective. Be inspired!


Tanya Atherton
Sacred Heart College

Tanya has facilitated gifted programmes K-12 for 25 years. West Australian Exemplary Teacher, WA Director Tournament of Minds, she has completed COGE at UNSW, a Masters’ Degree majoring in Gifted Education from Murdoch University and in 2012 was the recipient of the ASG National Excellence in Teaching Award. Tanya has presented at State and National Conferences and was awarded a Living the Vision Award from the Catholic Education Office in WA in recognition of her commitment, passion and service to Gifted Education. “Find a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”. (Confucius)


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