Definition

  • Delaware's Definition of Giftedness (Currently under Revision) The definition of a gifted child in Delaware (Title 14, Delaware Code, 1975, 1993) was developed for the purposes of federal education programs and is still the most universally accepted.

    Gifted and talented children are those identified by professionally qualified persons who, by virtue of outstanding abilities, are capable of high performance. These are children who require differentiated educational programs and/or services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program in order to realize their contribution to self and society.

    Children capable of high performance include those with demonstrated achievement and/or potential ability in any of the following areas, singly or in combination:

    1. general intellectual ability
    2. specific academic aptitude
    3. creative productive thinking
    4. leadership ability
    5. visual and performing arts
    6. psychomotor ability
    7. (Marland 1971, 2)