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Observations and their documentation are used as one part of the educational assessment of giftedness and gifted people to recognize particular abilities in children and adolescents. The aim here is to gain insights into how children and adolescents in Kitas and schools behave during play, social interaction, and learning and use these as a basis for educational decisions. Observations can be carried out using checklists or observation sheets, students’ portfolios, and their educational/learning histories.


Observation Errors

Observations are undertaken by humans and are dependent on the relevant contexts in which they are conducted. Since humans are subjective in processing what they have observed, errors or biases in observation may occur on the basis of stereotypes or subjective theories. Errors in observation and assessment may result in giftedness going unrecognized or only recognized after some delay.