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Katie Goss


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Who is Gifted?

Students who perform or show potential for performing at remarkable levels of accomplishments when compared to others of their age, experience or environment

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What is Giftedness?

Giftedness, intelligence, and talent are fluid concepts and may look different in different contexts and cultures. Even within schools you will find a range of beliefs about the word "gifted," which has become a term with multiple meanings and much nuance.

Gifted children may develop asynchronously: their minds are often ahead of their physical growth, and specific cognitive and social-emotional functions can develop unevenly. Some gifted children with exceptional aptitude may not demonstrate outstanding levels of achievement due to environmental circumstances such as limited opportunities to learn as a result of poverty, discrimination, or cultural barriers; due to physical or learning disabilities; or due to motivational or emotional problems. This dichotomy between potential for and demonstrated achievement has implications for schools as they design programs and services for gifted students.

The National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) does not subscribe to any one theory of the nature of human abilities or their origins. They assert that there are children who demonstrate high performance, or who have the potential to do so, and that we have a responsibility to provide optimal educational experiences to fully develop talents in as many children as possible, for the benefit of the individual and the community.

Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

-- Albert Einstein

Recognizing the Characteristics of Gifted Children

ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children (1985) cites three types of characteristics of gifted children: general behavioral, learning, and creative characteristics.


Gifted children’s behavior differs from that of their age-mates in the following ways:

  • Many gifted children learn to read early, with better comprehension of the nuances of language. As much as half the gifted and talented population has learned to read before entering school.

  • Gifted children often read widely, quickly, and intensely and have large vocabularies.

  • Gifted children commonly learn basic skills better, more quickly, and with less practice.

  • They are better able to construct and handle abstractions.

  • They often pick up and interpret nonverbal cues and can draw inferences that other children need to have spelled out for them.

  • They take less for granted, seeking the “hows” and “whys”.

  • They can work independently at an earlier age and can concentrate for longer periods.

  • Their interests are both wildly eclectic and intensely focused.

  • They often have seemingly boundless energy, which sometimes leads to a misdiagnosis of hyperactivity.

  • They usually respond and relate well to parents, teachers, and other adults. They may prefer the company of older children and adults to that of their peers.

  • They like to learn new things, are willing to examine the unusual, and are highly inquisitive.

  • They tackle tasks and problems in a well-organized, goal directed, and efficient manner.

  • They exhibit an intrinsic motivation to learn, find out, or explore and are often very persistent. “I’d rather do it myself” is a common attitude.


  • Gifted children’s creative abilities often set them apart from their age-mates. These characteristics may take the following forms:

  • Gifted children are fluent thinkers, able to generate possibilities, consequences, or related ideas.

  • They are flexible thinkers, able to use many different alternatives and approaches to problem solving.

  • They are original thinkers, seeking new, unusual, or unconventional associations and combinations among items of information.

  • They can also see relationships among seemingly unrelated objects, ideas, or facts.

  • They are elaborate thinkers, producing new steps, ideas, responses, or other embellishments to a basic idea, situation, or problems.

  • They are willing to entertain complexity and seem to thrive on problem questions.

  • They often are aware of their own impulsiveness and irrationality, and they show emotional sensitivity.

  • They are extremely curious about objects, ideas, situations, or events.

  • They often display intellectual playfulness and like to fantasize and imagine.

  • They can be less intellectually inhibited than their peers are in expressing opinions and ideas, and they often disagree spiritedly with others’ statements.


Gifted children are natural learners who often show many of these characteristics:

  • They may show keen powers of observation and a sense of the significant; they have an eye for important details.

  • They may read a great deal on their own, preferring books and magazines written for children older than they are.

  • They often take great pleasure in intellectual activity.

  • They have well-developed powers of abstraction, conceptualization, and synthesis.

  • They readily see cause-effect relationships.

  • They often display a questioning attitude and seek information for its own sake as much as for its usefulness.

  • They are often skeptical, critical, and evaluative. They are quick to spot inconsistencies.

  • They often have a large storehouse of information about a variety of topics, which they can recall quickly.

  • They readily grasp underlying principles and can often make valid generalizations about events, people, or objects.

  • They quickly perceive similarities, differences, and anomalies.

  • They often attack complicated material by separating it into components and analyzing it systematically.