FAQ Giftedness English
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about giftedness
The Karg Foundation receives a lot of questions on the subject of giftedness—FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)—far more often indeed than it did ten years ago. And this is a good thing! Many people involved in the educational processes of children have come to realize that giftedness can also be a fundamental personality trait of children and adolescents.
The Karg Foundation wants to answer the questions you may have not only as educational and psychological professionals in educational institutions or working as educational providers, policy makers, or in training and further education institutes, but as parents and gifted people also: What is giftedness? How can it be identified? Who can provide advise for gifted children and their families? How can they be supported in the best possible way?
We hope that reading these FAQs is both enjoyable and informative for you.
High aptitude and giftedness–what do these terms mean?
What must we be aware of in cases of extreme giftedness?
What is the nature of giftedness?
What role does intelligence play?
What is intelligence?
How do abilities and talents develop into exceptional achievements?
Is giftedness hereditary?
Are there differences in giftedness between girls and boys?
Are gifted children “different”?
What role does a child’s family background play?
What preconceptions do people have about gifted people?
What is important to keep in mind when identifying giftedness?
What methods are used to identify giftedness?
When is intelligence testing appropriate?
What exactly is IQ?
Do all intelligence tests measure the same thing?
At what age can testing begin?
Who should perform testing and how does reliable intelligence assessment work?
Is it possible to determine giftedness based on checklists?
How are children with high abilities recognized in the Kita?
How is giftedness recognized in school?
What are the concerns that commonly motivate parents to seek guidance?
Who offers counseling?
What are some possible challenges of being labeled “gifted”?
Underachievement: What does this mean?
What causes underachievement?
How does counseling help with underachievement?
What can parents do when their child is insufficiently challenged academically?
What does support actually mean?
What types of support are possible?
How can support be provided within the family?
How can support be provided at the Kita?
When is early school enrollment appropriate?
How can gifted students be supported in the classroom?
What types of support can schools develop to supplement classroom instruction?
When is it advisable to skip a grade level?
What must be taken into consideration when skipping a grade?
Schools specializing in gifted education are an appropriate option for which gifted students?
An early study program: What is it and how does it work?
What options are available for providing support to gifted children and adolescents outside of school?
Booklet as PDF
The authors Franzis Preckel, Miriam Vock and Christine Koop have developed a questionnaire for this purpose, enabling an initial orientation within this complex theme. The translation comes from Lisa Trierweiler, a qualified psychologist at the Leibniz Institute for Psychology in Trier.