Gifted Learning Characteristics with Possible Problems
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.
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.