This book explores how educators can impact gifted young learners’ beliefs about ability and suggests ways that staff can support young gifted children as they develop.

Developing Young Learners' Identity

Developing young learners' identity

Some key points about developing young gifted and talented learners' identity are made in this chapter.

As early years educators we:

  • can impact learner identities
  • can create positive learning environments
  • have a view about our own learner identity
  • need to foster positive learning dispositions.

We need to remember that:

  • learner identities can change depending on the learning context
  • children who are gifted and talented face issues and have additional support needs?


The children we care for will be busy developing their identities. It is an exciting time as they work out who they are, what they can do, how they fit into different groups and how they relate to the world about them. Many of the books about identity are concerned with developing social competence. While this ...

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