Highly gifted is a term used as one of the ways to convey the degree to which one is gifted. Giftedness is seen as a continuum of capacity ranging from average to exceptionally advanced and highly gifted is a term most often associated with children. Historically, the continuum was defined by scores on standardized intelligence tests. With the early work of Lewis Terman in the 1920s, children were tested using the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale and were categorized according to score levels on the test as ranging from normal intelligence to those who were exceptionally intelligent. Leta Hollingworth, an early colleague of Terman, also contributed to the understanding of highly gifted in her work that described differences in development as well as social and emotional understanding ...

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