What is a Gifted Learner?

The Ontario Ministry of Education defines exceptional pupils in the Special Education Handbook 1984. Giftedness is defined as:

"...an unusually advanced degree of general intellectual ability that requires differentiated learning experiences of a depth and breadth beyond those normally provided in the regular school program to satisfy the level of educational potential indicated."

ABC believes that this definition should include pupils who may have a specific intellectual ability. This change would ensure that pupils with exceptional intellectual ability in one area can have these needs addressed. ABC defines a bright child as:

"...one who has the potential for unusual accomplishment in any of several areas, including intellectual and creative ability, musical, artistic and athletic performance and social and leadership skills."

Understanding Giftedness