Giftedness: Intelligence Quotient and Nation Deceived

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The following exerpt was retrieved from Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting our Brightest Young Minds by Jan & Bob Davidson with Laura Vanderkam @

"Educators play an important role in nurturing genius. Good teachers learn to recognize common characteristics of gifted children in their classrooms and plan an appropriate education. They lobby their schools to be flexible with these children, and they create classes or programs that meet their needs. They foster an educational climate where intellectual inquiry is celebrated, and they insist that learning be the primary goal of school."

Gifted students are often difficult to identify, as they are a very diverse group. Some are good students and others are not. The only common denominator gifted students share is that they think and learn differently, they learn more rapidly than other students, and think more deeply about what they learn. Some of the specific characteristics you are likely to find in a gifted student: •a precocious ability to think abstractly

a need for constant mental stimulation
an ability to learn and process information quickly
a precocious ability to perceive patterns and form connections •a prodigious ability within a particular area, such as math, music. etc

The following exerpt was retrieved from A Place to Start: Is My Child Gifted? Davidson Institute for Talent Development @

Determining whether or not your child is gifted is not easy. There are a plethora of definitions, characteristics, assessments, and theories. The Davidson Institute for Talent Development consulted eight professionals, in 2001, recognized for their work with the gifted-talented population who offered their insights on the rationale for testing, the appropriate age for assessment, what should be included in an assessment, and which tests they believe are...
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