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Autonomous Learner

An autonomous learner is one who has learned to live and work in an independent manner, one who uses information to develop innovative products and who creates opportunities for personal growth and contribution to society.

Profiles of the Gifted and Talented

After several years of research and reviews of literature, George Betts and Maureen Neihart developed an approach for identifying and serving several types of gifted and talented. The goal of this approach is to comprehend the feelings, behavior, needs, and support necessary for developing gifted students into autonomous learners; however, not all students begin as autonomous learners. Betts and Neihart identified six different types, or profiles, of the gifted and talented. They include the following:

  • The successful learner
  • The challenging learner
  • The underground learner
  • The at-risk ...

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