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Giftedness refers to the above-average intellectual potential of a person which, under the right conditions and with careful encouragement, can evolve into outstanding accomplishments or a vast amount of insight and knowledge. Intellectual giftedness thus refers to the possibility—not the existence—of exceptional achievement.

It constitutes a particularly extreme manifestation of “ability”. The term “high ability” is used for preschoolers (0-6 years old), because at this age giftedness cannot yet be reliably identified or assessed.

The authors Nicole Miceli and Anne-Kathrin Stiller have developed this glossary together with the Fachportal Team. The glossary was translated by Daniel Shatwell and edited by Lisa Trierweiler.