Talent and Talent Identification


Course Objective

By the end of this course, the aim is that you will be able to design a
basic evidence-based system of talent identification and development for
an applied organisation (e.g., in sport, music, or another area of

We will achieve this aim by learning to:
1. Evaluate the relative contributions of ‘nature’ and ‘nurture’ in the
development of talent;
2. Understand how talent develops and apply that knowledge to identify
the stage of development at which talented athletes should be
3. Identify the impact that environmental factors such as an
individual’s date or place of birth can have in influencing the
development of talent;
4. Critically evaluate the limitations of existing measures of talent
and suggest newer measures that overcome those limitations;
5. Evaluate whether talent identification systems used by applied
sporting organisations (both in the Netherlands and overseas) adhere to
best scientific practice.

Course Content

The ability to identify and develop talent in potentially skilled
athletes is a central role for many coaches, scientists, and sporting
administrators. National and professional sporting organisations invest
substantial amounts of time and money in establishing systems designed
to identify and nurture future talent, yet there is still considerable
doubt about which approach is most likely to be successful, and how
effective these systems may be.

This course on Talent and Talent Identification will assess what it
takes to become talented in sport and other areas of expertise (e.g.,
music, dance), and will uncover what we know about the ideal conditions
for developing skill. The course will address the new and developing
area of research that seeks to evaluate existing talent identification
systems and to develop newer, more evidence-based procedures for
identifying and developing talent. Further, guest lecturers from
professional sporting organisations will reveal the systems that they
have in place to identify and nurture talent.

Teaching Methods

The course consists of 12 lectures (18 hours in total), in addition to
the expectations of self-study (approximately 114 hours), an assignment
(approximately 10 hours total) and a final exam (3 hour duration)

Method of Assessment

Textbook: Baker J., Cobley S., Schorer, J. (2012) Talent identification
and development in sport. International perspectives. Routledge:
Abingdon, Oxon

Additional Information

As of 2017-18 this course replaces the course 'Talent en

General Information

Course Code B_TALIDENT
Credits 6 EC
Period P3
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator dr. D.L. Mann
Examiner dr. D.L. Mann
Teaching Staff dr. D.L. Mann

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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