Preservice preschool teachers' views on the characteristics of gifted children

Yazici D., Akman B., Mercan Uzun E., Kardeş S.

Journal for the Education of Gifted Young Scientists, vol.5, no.3, pp.70-89, 2017 (Scopus) identifier


This study aims to investigate preservice preschool teachers’ views on gifted children. Mixed method was conducted in the study. “The Scale for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Gifted and Talented Students”, developed by Şahin (2012), and semi-structured interview forms were used. The findings indicate that preservice preschool teachers associate giftedness with cognitive characteristics in general. Therefore, they usually focus on cognitive skills when the basic characteristics of gifted children are in question. Their responses to the scale show that they believe that these children are gifted in problem solving skills and general cognitive skills, but hesitant in communicative and social skills.