• Gifted Learning Characteristics with Possible Problems

    Characteristic

    Possible Accompanying Problem



    1. Keen power of observation, naive receptivity; sense of the significant; willingness to examine the unusual.

    1. Possible gullibility.

    2. Power of abstraction, conceptualization, synthesis; interest in inductive learning and problem solving; pleasure in intellectual activity.

    2. Occasional resistance to direction; rejection or omission of detail.

    3. Interest in cause-effect relations; ability to see relationships; interest in applying concepts; love of truth.

    3. Difficulty in accepting the illogical.

    4. Liking for structure and order; liking for consistency, as in sometimes conflicting value system; number systems; clocks, calendars.

    4. Invention of own system.

    5. Questioning attitude; intellectual curiosity; inquisitive mind; good memory.

    5. Dislike for routine and drill; need for early mastery of foundation skills.

    6. Verbal proficiencies; large vocabulary; facility in expression; interest in reading; breadth of information in advanced areas.

    6. Need for specialized reading vocabulary. Early parent resistance to reading may have caused escape into verbalism.

    7. Power of critical thinking; skepticism; evaluative testing; self-criticism and self-checking.

    7. Critical attitude toward discouragement from self-criticism.

    8. Creativeness and inventiveness; liking for new ways of doing things; interest in creating; brainstorming.

    8. Rejection of the known; need to invent for oneself.

    9. Power of concentration; intense attention that excludes all else; long attention span.

    9. Resistance to interruption.

    10. Persistent, goal-directed behavior.

    10. Stubbornness.

    11. Sensitivity; intuitiveness; empathy for others, need for emotional support and a sympathetic attitude.

    11. Need for success and recognition; sensitivity to criticism; vulnerability to peer group rejection.

    12. High energy; alertness; eagerness; periods of intense, voluntary effort preceding invention.

    12. Frustration with inactivity and absence of programs.

    13. Independence in work and study preference for individualized work; self-reliance; need for freedom of movement and action.

    13. Parent and peer group pressures and non-conforming; problems of rejection and rebellion.

    14. Versatility and virtuosity; diversity of interests and abilities; many hobbies; proficiency in art forms such as music and drawing.

    14. Lack of homogeneity in group work; need for flexibility and individualization; need for help in exploring and developing interests; need to build basic competencies in major interests.