Talent Identification and Development


Course Objective

Students are able to summarize and examine the implications of adopting
a multi- disciplinary research perspective for the comprehensive study
of talent development and identification, and identify and elaborate
upon the limitations of existing (mono- disciplinary) research on
talent identification and development (expert performance).
Additionally, students are able to make recommendations for future
research on understanding talent development and for implementing
talent developmental programs.

Course Content

In recent years, research on expertise and the identification and
development of talent has tended to be mono- disciplinary. In the
current course a multi- disciplinary approach is emphasized. The
lectures discuss the environmental influences, but also deal with
genetic issues and the interplay between the two from the various
disciplines within human movements sciences among others, philosophy,
psychology and physiology. The course addresses several issues, that
all seem to play a part in talent identification and development. Like
the amount of deliberate practice, the use of visual information,
cognitive abilities, genetic make up or constraints, anthropometric
characteristics, muscle structure and amount of fast and slow twitch

Teaching Methods

Eigth lectures provide the student with an introduction into the
contemporary approaches to talent identification and development.

Method of Assessment

The course is concluded with a written test consisting of open- end

Entry Requirements



A collection of recent theoretical and experimental papers from the
scientific literature (details to be announced)

Additional Information

Although there is overlap in topics with the Bachelor’s course Talent en
Talentontwikkeling there are several important differences. First,
instead of a textbook the study material consists of scientific papers,
both theoretical and experimental. Second, several lectures are given by
experts in the field. Third, the course is more multidisciplinary and
uses a more concentric method to the concept of 'talent' approaching it
from different perspectives.

General Information

Course Code B_TALDEVEL
Credits 3 EC
Period P3
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator prof. dr. G.J.P. Savelsbergh
Examiner prof. dr. G.J.P. Savelsbergh
Teaching Staff prof. dr. G.J.P. Savelsbergh

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture