CHARACTERISTICS OF GIFTED STUDENTS
They have a natural talent and
interest in one or more areas, and a great capacity within that area of
They learn quickly in the area
They require little repetition
when learning new information in the area of talent.
They have a finely-tuned nervous
system which responds quickly to multiple sensory and affective stimuli.
They probe for more knowledge
and deeper meaning in the area of talent.
They synthesize many sources of
They view the world and situations holistically or globally.
They often have strong opinions
They have a variety of learning
styles: self-directed/guided by others, individual learners/group learners.
They have a variety of personality
profiles: generous to a
fault/self-centered, anti-social/social-conformist, cooperative/rebellious, and
all profiles found in the general population in every part of the known world at
every developmental stage.
They will often take on the
problems of the world – that is, will self-impose the obligation to better
the world (family, school, environment . . . )