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ERIC Number: EJ894866
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Recognizing Giftedness: Defining High Ability in Young Children
Cukierkorn, Jesse R.; Karnes, Frances A.; Manning, Sandra J.; Houston, Heather; Besnoy, Kevin
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v36 n2 p3-13 Spr-Sum 2008
The word "gifted," when used to describe children's intellectual abilities, evokes varied opinions in teachers, caregivers, and families of young children. Some attitudes are positive, others negative, while still others are built upon misconceptions about individuals who are gifted. Giftedness occurs in people from infancy through adulthood. While gifted preschoolers are less frequently acknowledged within the gifted education research and literature, they can be described as those who show promise of performing at high levels because of their advanced or accelerated development. The purpose of this article is to familiarize the reader with the characteristics of preschoolers who possess high ability. Children with advanced abilities have special needs that must be acknowledged and recognized. Educators are also urged to understand the emotional intensities of young children who are gifted. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A