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 individually administered standardized test of intelligence.
- 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).
- 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