Attitude is the gifted student's visible manifestation of inner adaptation to the environment. Although much research describes factors that can lead to gifted students' negative attitudes toward school, there is also a great deal of evidence that many gifted students are well adjusted and, therefore, quite likely to demonstrate positive attitudes toward school. This entry describes characteristics and attitudes of gifted students, factors that influence attitude, and implications.

Characteristics and Attitudes

Lewis Terman, in his 1925 classic longitudinal study of gifted individuals, found that 60 to 80 percent of his research subjects had qualities of humor, truthfulness, conscientiousness, and leadership. Furthermore, these characteristics carried into adulthood. In a review of research in gifted education that spans 70 years, Linda Silverman found that in addition to positive characteristics ...

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