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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE GIFTED/TALENTED CHILD. DUKE TIP TOWN HALL SESSION December, 2009 Richard D. Courtright, Ph.D. Gifted Education Research Specialist. LEARNING CHARACTERISTICS. Sense of the significant Willingness to examine the unusual Powers of abstraction conceptualization

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Characteristics of the gifted talented child

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE GIFTED/TALENTED CHILD

DUKE TIP TOWN HALL SESSION

December, 2009

Richard D. Courtright, Ph.D.

Gifted Education Research Specialist


Learning characteristics

LEARNING CHARACTERISTICS

  • Sense of the significant

  • Willingness to examine the unusual

  • Powers of

    • abstraction

    • conceptualization

    • analysis,

    • synthesis


Learning characteristics1

LEARNING CHARACTERISTICS

  • Interest in inductive learning

  • View of the world as a series of problems to be solved

  • Enjoyment of intellectual activity

  • Interest in cause/effect relationships

  • Ability to see relationships

  • Interest in application of concepts


Learning characteristics2

LEARNING CHARACTERISTICS

  • Retentiveness

  • Verbal proficiency, extensive vocabulary, facility of expression

  • Breadth and depth of information

  • Critical thinking ability

  • Creativeness and inventiveness

  • Long attention span


Learning characteristics3

LEARNING CHARACTERISTICS

  • Intense concentration

  • “I’d rather do it myself” approach to solving problems

  • Intuitiveness

  • Independence in work and study

  • Versatility – many concurrent or intense consecutive interests


Learning characteristics4

LEARNING CHARACTERISTICS

  • Experimental approach to learning

  • Tendency to see the familiar in unusual ways

  • Early reading

  • Better, quicker learning of basic facts and skills

  • Ability to pick up on non-verbal cues and clues


Behavior characteristics

BEHAVIOR CHARACTERISTICS

  • Keen powers of observation

  • Willingness to examine the unusual

  • Well-organized, goal-directed behavior

  • Random behavior

  • High verbal ability

  • Intrinsic motivation

  • Inquisitiveness


Behavior characteristics1

BEHAVIOR CHARACTERISTICS

  • Creativeness and inventiveness

  • Appreciation for new ways of doing things

  • Long attention span

  • Intense concentration

  • Persistence

  • Independence (“I’d rather do it myself”)

  • Sensitivity, intuitiveness, empathy


Behavior characteristics2

BEHAVIOR CHARACTERISTICS

  • Ability to resist peer pressure

  • Ability to be conforming or non-conforming as the situation demands

  • Ability to integrate opposing impulses

  • Tendency to daydream


Personal characteristics

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Naïve receptivity

  • Unwillingness to take things for granted; questioning attitude

  • Enjoyment of intellectual activity

  • Appreciation for consistency, structure and order (as in value systems, number systems, clocks, calendars, etc.)

  • Interest in reading


Personal characteristics1

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • High tolerance for disorder, ambiguity, chaos

  • Skeptical attitude

  • Self-critical attitude in both:

    • Positive (self-esteem)

    • Negative (self-deprecation)

  • Positive self image

  • Creativity and inventiveness


Personal characteristics2

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness, outgoingness

  • Versatility –

    • excellence in many things

    • variety

    • versatilitly

  • Sense of humor, playfulness, relaxation or casualness in their products

  • Imagination, tendency to fantasize


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