• Characteristics of Gifted Learners

    Georgia Department of Education Resource Manual for Gifted Education Services          

    Advanced curricular needs of highly able learners are based on one or more of the following characteristics of the population:


    1. Learn more rapidly, with fewer repetitions and less explanation, than most of their age peers

    2. Excellent memory; large storehouse of information on school or non-school topics

    3. Inattention to details

    4. Easily bored with routine tasks

    5. Intensely curious

    6. Enthusiastic learner

    7. Strong need to know

    8. Are highly expressive; effective use of words, numbers or other symbols

    9. Demonstrate unusual ability to communicate (verbally, physically, artistically,


    10. May use language that is advanced, colorful, and elaborative

    11. Use particularly apt examples, illustrations, or elaborations

    12. More easily see connections within and across disciplines

    13. Perceive more unusual and remote associations

    14. Manipulate information

    15. Use critical thinking skills and logical approaches to figuring out solutions

    16. See and create patterns of meaning

    17. Are often intellectually playful

    18. Intuitive and/or insightful

    19. Demonstrate unusual emotional depth

    20. Convey and pick up on humor

    21. Are highly imaginative; can generate many unique and different ideas

    22. Create new designs; invent

    23. Tend to think deeply about what they have learned; sense deeper meanings

    24. Grasp complex and abstract concepts

    25. Can draw inferences and make generalizations that age peers do not yet recognize

    26. Adept at abstract thinking skills

    27. Use metaphors and analogies

    28. Use effective, often inventive, strategies for recognizing and solving problems

    29. Intense (sometimes unusual) interests

    30. Are self-starters

    31. Intrinsically motivated by a challenge

    32. Can be highly focused and extremely goal-directed (particularly with self-selected tasks)

    33. Highly energetic and persevering

    34. Have longer attention spans

    35. Can deal with multifaceted activities or several problems at once

    36. Can tolerate ambiguity and/or structure open-ended tasks

    37. Thrive on independent learning opportunities

Last Modified on November 15, 2011