Exploring the nature of giftedness in preschool children

Kerry A. Hodge*, Coral R. Kemp

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Qualitative and quantitative measures were utilized to explore the abilities of 11 young children nominated by their parents as gifted. A part-time preschool enrichment program provided a naturalistic setting in which to investigate measures that might reflect potential giftedness, predict later achievement, and reveal individual profiles of development. The curriculum invited children to display any differences from typical preschoolers. Characteristics nominated by parents as indicators of their child's giftedness were consistent with indicators in the research literature and were generally supported by norm-referenced test results and teacher observations. In spite of test limitations, both quantitative and qualitative measures played a valuable role in revealing advanced abilities amidst diverse profiles of abilities, skills, and interests. Longitudinal data would help to confirm the potential apparent in some of these children as giftedness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-73
Number of pages28
JournalJournal for the Education of the Gifted
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2000


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