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Verbal Ability

The role of verbal ability in any discussion of giftedness is a central topic. Early intelligence tests were seen as heavily loaded in verbal components, suggesting that intelligence was often equated with high verbal ability. In more recent decades, the emphasis has begun to shift to a more balanced view of verbal ability and nonverbal ability. Nevertheless, high verbal ability persists as a basic component of giftedness because of its being a prerequisite for high-level performance in most professions for which gifted learners will prepare themselves and a basic requirement for entry to selective higher-education institutions. This entry describes aspects of verbal ability that relate to giftedness.

Characteristics of Verbal Ability

Students who are verbally advanced usually show signs of advanced verbal behaviors early. They typically ...

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