Young intellectually gifted children are those who have the potential to significantly outperform their age peers in some area of development.
What can early childhood teachers, and parents, do to foster the abilities of young gifted children?
Dr Rosalind Walsh of Macquarie University, and co-ordinator of gifted education at Queenwood School in Sydney, has investigated one possible strategy – the use of higher order questioning.
Dr Walsh says that “We know that asking higher order questions, those that require abstract thinking, works well for older gifted children. I wanted to learn what would happen when we asked higher order questions to very bright pre-schoolers.”
Read more of Dr Walsh’s comments about asking the right questions in the AAEGT’s media release on this topic here
And read the AAEGT’s Gifted Awareness Week information sheet on this topic here