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Who Are The Gifted?

Florida's Department of Education defines a gifted student as one who has superior intellectual development and is capable of high performance. Criteria for eligibility for the program includes:
  • Need for special program
  • Demonstration of a majority of characteristics for gifted students according  to a standard scale or checklist.
  • Superior intellectual development as measured by an intelligence quotient of two standard deviations or more above the mean on an individuallyl administered standardized test of intelligence.
 
Cognitive Characteristics:    

  • Unusual retentiveness and the capacity to learn at faster rates; 
  • Advanced comprehension;  
  • Unusual capacity to manipulate;  
  • Unusually varied interest and curiosity;  
  • Advanced language development;  
  • Accelerated pace of thought process;  
  • Heightened capacity for seeing unusual and diverse relationships; 
  • Ability to generate original ideas and solutions;  
  • Early ability to generate original ideas and solutions;  
  • Early ability to use and form conceptual frameworks;  
  • Persistent, goal-directed behavior;  
  • Increased ability to find, solve, and act on problem;  
  • Early development of sophisticated thought process (e.g., thinking in alternatives, abstract terms, sensing consequences, making generalizations).

Affective Characteristics:  

  • Unusual emotional depth and sensitivity; 
  • Unusual sensitivity to expectations and feelings of others;  
  • Keen sense of humor;  
  • Heightened self-awareness accompanied by feelings of being different;  
  • Idealism and strong sense of justice;  
  • Early development of an inner focus of control;
  • Advanced levels of moral judgment. 

 

*Adapted from Barbara Clark in Growing Up Gifted

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