Franz Mönks
  • Franz Mönks

In 1962 Prof. Dr. Mönks became a staff member of the Department of Developmental Psychology at the University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands), and in 1967 he became full professor of Developmental Psychology and head of the same department.

In 1988 he was awarded a professorship on a newly established chair at the University of Nijmegen The Development of the Gifted Child, and he became also director of the newly founded Center for the Study of Giftedness (CSG) at the same University. He published and edited many books and numerous articles about developmental psychology and gifted education

In 1987 Prof. Dr. Mönks became a member of the Executive Committee of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC), and was elected as Vice President of WCGTC in 1989. After his election as President of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) in October 1992, he retired as Vice President of WCGTC. He was the director of the Ninth World Conference on Gifted and Talented Children which was held in 1991 in The Hague (The Netherlands) and in the same year he organized in cooperation with the Council of Europe (Strasbourg, France) an Educational Research Workshop on "Gifted Children and Adolescents - Research and Education in Europe", which was held at the University of Nijmegen (23-26 July 1991). He was the director of the 4th ECHA Conference which was held in October 1994 in Nijmegen. He is also consultant to other conferences like the 5th ECHA Conference in October 1996 in Vienna and the 4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Giftedness in August 1996 in Jakarta, Indonesia. In 1992 at the third ECHA conference in Munich he was elected as President of ECHA and was re-elected at the sixth ECHA conference in Vienna (1996) for a second term. He was also the Chairman of the 8th ECHA conference which took place on Rhodes (Greece), October 9-13, 2002. In 2004 he was for the third time elected as President of ECHA.

Under his Presidency a teacher training program has been developed and established at the University of Nijmegen which leads to the qualification "Specialist in Gifted Education". This university diploma is known as ECHA-Diploma. During the closing session of the 4th ECHA Conference in Nijmegen (October 11th, 1994) five teachers received the ECHA-Diploma. Throughout Europe there are now more than 3000 teachers who received the ECHA-Diploma. He is one of the four editors (Heller, Mönks, and Sternberg Subotnik) of the second edition of the International Handbook of Giftedness and Talent. Oxford: Pergamon (2000). In the year 2001 this handbook got the award "Outstanding Academic Title" by the American Library Association, published in the independent review journal CHOICE.
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