Supporting and Encouraging the Versatile Gifted Child and Adolescent

Hanna David*, Eva Gyarmathy

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The versatile- or the multi-talented child or adolescent is characterized by special abilities, usually observed at a very young age, in more than one area. The label “gifted” is granted in many cases to young children who have scored highly at intelligence tests. But in some other countries and cultures it is essential to demonstrate achievements that are either exceptional, for example: in chess; in mathematics, in music; in computers science, or achievements much higher than age-appropriate: in reading, history, art, athletics, etc. In some countries both possibilities co-exist. For example: in France, school programs are for high IQ students; out of school special activities are for high achievers in art, writing, or science; in the German parts of Switzerland identification and supporting the gifted is much like in Germany, while in its French parts—it is similar to France. In Hungary, who has a long tradition of nurturing the gifted, the selection and identification process of the gifted is based on several criteria: school achievements, achievements at external competitions, teachers’ nomination, and third party nominations according to psychological test results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringer Briefs in Education
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NameSpringer Briefs in Education
ISSN (Print)2211-1921
ISSN (Electronic)2211-193X


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