Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2008

Full Length Research Paper

The term “gifted child” from teachers’ view

Esra Altıntas
  • Esra Altıntas
  • Faculty of Ataturk Education, Marmara University, Istanbul, 34722, Turkey.
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Sukru Ilgun*
  • Sukru Ilgun*
  • Faculty of Ataturk Education, Marmara University, Istanbul, 34722, Turkey.
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  •  Received: 14 March 2016
  •  Accepted: 18 April 2016
  •  Published: 23 May 2016

Abstract

The aim of the present research is to present the term of “gifted child” from the point of view of teachers who work at middle and high schools.This study aims to obtain more information about gifted students and to learn their different characteristics. It is important to know the key characteristics of gifted students. To obtain suitable data used in selecting gifted students, the formation of suitable learning environments for these children, using suitable learning strategies in educational environments and meeting the educational needs of these children is necessary. It is of great importance for teachers to recognize gifted students. For that reason, the present study aims to provide the meaning of the term “gifted child” by asking teachers who work at middle and high schools in different fields. In the present study, content analysis was used based on qualitative data analysis. The study group of the research consisted of 300 teachers working at middle and high schools. From three open-ended questions, the answers of an open-ended question “Can you explain the term ‘gifted child’?” were analyzed. The answers obtained from teachers were grouped under 6 themes as follows: Creativity features, academic features, personality features, physical features, social features and congenital features.

Key words: Middle school and high school teachers, giftedness, perception