A gifted student is one who demonstrates a high degree of intellectual and/or creative ability, exhibits an exceptionally high degree of motivation, and/or excels in specific academic fields, and who needs special instruction and/or special ancillary services to achieve at levels commensurate with his or her abilities. Characteristics may involve: motivation, communication, memory, insight, reasoning, interests, problem solving, inquiry, imagination, creativity, and humor (GADOE, 2012).

According to Betts & Neihart (1988), there are six profiles that represent gifted and talented individuals:
Profiles of the gifted and talented
List of Caracteristics
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  • Asks the questions
  • Is highly curious
  • Is mentally and physically involved
  • Has wild, silly ideas
  • Plays around, yet tests well
  • Discusses in detail, elaborates beyond the group
  • Shows strong feelings and opinions
  • Already knows 1-2 repetitions for mastery
  • Constructs abstractions
  • Prefers adults
  • Draws inferences
  • Initiates projects
  • Is intense
  • Creates a new design
  • Enjoys learning
  • Manipulates information
  • Inventor
  • Good guesser
  • Thrives on complexity
  • Is keenly observant
  • Is highly self-critical
  • Advanced ideas
  • Highly creative in their approach to tasks
  • Able to compensate for a disability
  • Unusual imagination
  • Advanced sense of humor that may appear bizarre
  • Capable of creating advantageous situations

Adapted from The Gifted Development Center (2012)

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