Who are gifted children? Give any six characteristics of gifted children.
According to Marland report (1972), “the gifted are those who possess outstanding abilities or potential in the areas of general ‘ intellectual capacity, specific academic aptitude, creative or productive thinking, leadership ability, visual or performing arts and psycho-motor activity”.
Characteristics of gifted children are as follows:
Physical characteristics: Their developmental milestones are observed way earlier than average children. An appropriate correlation is found between height and weight.
Mental or intellectual characteristics: They have a special ability of analysis and logic. They have a good ability to understand abstract ideas. They have original thinking.
Educational characteristics: They take an interest in reading reference books, newspapers, journals. They obtain good marks with less efforts than normal. They are systematic in their study.
Personality characteristics: They have a well-balanced temperament and a high ability of adjustment. They are goal-oriented, self-confident and have good conduct.
Social characteristics: They have a special ability of leadership, they are trustworthy like to play with children of older age group than themselves, high moral thinking and empathy and more tolerance ability.
Negative characteristics: Negative characteristics include stubbornness, shyness, demanding, poor handwriting, tend to question laws, rules authorities, overactive physically and mentally, absent-minded.