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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Transformation of Gifts to Talents

As we approach Opening Day of the 2011/12 school year at Quest Academy, I thought it wise to review our school's Belief Statements. For this initial "Gifted Education Perspectives" blog entry, I have chosen the statement listed in bolded letters -- it may well be my favorite one! For a complete list of the Quest Academy Belief Statements, please see

"Giftedness is exceptional intellectual, physical, creative, and/or affective capacity that can be transformed into extraordinary ability."

This belief statement is closely tied to the work of gifted education theorist Francoys Gagne, Ph. D., Professor of Psychology at the Universite du Quebec. Gagne developed the Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent (DMGT), offering what I consider to be the clearest and most common-sense distinction of the terms 'giftedness' and 'talent.' By offering this distinction, Gagne makes a clear case that gifted learners require a special education to lead to superior talents.

"Giftedness designates the possession and use of untrained and spontaneously expressed superior natural abilities (called aptitudes or gifts), in at least one ability domain, to a degree that places an individual at least among the top 10% of his or her age peers."

"Talent designates the superior mastery of systematically developed abilities (or skills) and knowledge in at least one field of human activity that places an individual within at least the upper 10% of age peers who are or have been active in that field or fields."

Gagne outlines four basic giftedness areas:
  • intellectual
  • creative
  • socioaffective
  • sensorimotor.
These gifts are developed into talents. Thus, I prefer to think of school as a place of talent development.

School most certainly is among the most influential environmental catalysts to facilitate the successful development of talent. Certainly parents, coaches, and other mentors can play a significant part in talent development. But Gagne also points out that intrapersonal catalysts play a significant role in the development of talent. Motivation, volition, self-management, temperament, and acquired styles of behavior definitely influence the development of talent. It is my personal belief that we can help students develop and identify the optimal intrapersonal attributes required to develop talent. I call this area of teaching the "magic" that teachers possess.

For more information on Gagne's work, please see


  1. At Quest Academy, we “nurture” giftedness. This idea of “nurturing” giftedness is finding more and more traction in the gifted ed field: some are arguing that gifted ed is not so much anymore about “identification,” but rather creating the conditions in which giftedness will flourish as opposed to giftedness diminishing or getting lost.

  2. Interesting comment...giftedness can indeed be cultivated.

  3. This is why helping teachers learn ways to develop and promote "personal talent" is so important to this development of talent in gifted individuals. Sidney Moon defines personal talent as "developed expertise in self-understanding, decision making, and self-regulation. The individual with personal talent understands his/her strengths and weaknesses; makes good decisions; has clear, high level goals for his/her life and is successful in achieving those goals even when faced with setbacks along the way. People with personal talent also experience high levels of life satisfaction and well being. They are self-actualizing." To read more about this, go to

  4. يسرنا أن نعرض لكم خدماتنا التسويقية المتنوعة افضل شركة تصميم مواقع فى السعودية عبر حسابات السوشيال ميديا ومن خلال شركات السوشيال ميديا فى السعودية رسائل الجوال والبريد الإلكتروني افضل شركة تصميم مواقع في الكويت ومن خلال محركات البحث وحملات جوجل أدورد افضل شركة تصميم مواقع في جدة ، وتنظيم المؤتمرات الترويجية، افضل شركة تسويق الكترونى مع إمكانية إنشاء وتصميم تطبيقات افضل شركات التسويق الالكترونى فى السعودية الجوال سهلة المتابعة والتصفح، افضل شركة تصميم مواقع في مصر وغيرها من أساليب التسويق الإلكتروني شركات تصميم مواقع الانترنت فى مصر ، وجميعها يوفرها من أجلكم شركات تسويق الكتروني في الامارات فريق من المتخصصين والخبراء افضل شركة تصميم مواقع فى الرياض في التسويق عبر الإنترنت، شركات التسويق الالكتروني في الكويت وبأقل أسعار في السوق السعودي افضل شركة تصميم مواقع في الامارات وبأكبر جودة متاحة وفي شركات تصميم مواقع في السعوديه أقل فترة زمنية ممكنة


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