Equity in Gifted/Talented (G/T) Education

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Characteristics

Characteristics of economically disadvantaged gifted learners include:

  • Advanced language (casual register and nonverbal)
  • Unusual and unexpected perspective
  • Sensitivity to justice and fairness issues
  • Accelerated learning demonstrated by quick understanding beyond the facts
  • Finely tuned sense of humor
  • Use storytelling in casual and colorful ways
  • Analytical thinking—ability to discern patterns in human behavior
  • Meaning motivated
  • Independent and curious
  • Ask questions focused on relationship
  • Has extensive memory about people and conversations

(Slocumb & Payne, 2000).

For more information, please read Identifying and Nurturing the Gifted Poor from the National Association for Gifted Children".