What being "gifted" means
“It is estimated that 10-15 per cent of children are gifted, which means a typical early childhood group or school class will contain at least one gifted child.”
- Making a Difference for Young Gifted and Talented Children, Victorian Department of Education website (read more here)
Being “gifted” means having an innate potential created by a complex brain structure. Giftedness can be nurtured with love and interesting activities and suitably challenging learning experiences.
Talent is the adult expression of this potential at a level significantly higher than other adults. In sport, this would be state grade and above. In academia, this would be a Master's or PhD. In business, it might correlate with corporate leadership. And in the arts, it would be performance at an exhibition level. However, giftedness does not always translate into talent.
Personality, attitudes, opportunities, diet and social conditions such as war or poverty may interfere in the development of giftedness. Selection and provision based on talent is easy but not nearly enough because often the most needy miss out.
Internal WiseOnes research has shown that education tailored specifically for gifted children can increase National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test scores between 9-30 per cent, which is significant considering the NAPLAN standardised tests are often considered unsuitable for gifted children.
And feedback from the schools, parents and gifted children participating in the WiseOnes program has consistently demonstrated the academic, intellectual and social development gifted education brings.