At Christian Brothers College (CBC), we have long moved away from the notion that giftedness is solely based on a student’s IQ or is indeed an innate quality that one is born with and is imbued with for life.
In line with current research, we recognise that giftedness, whatever it is defined as resides in all groups of people; that is, in both genders, minorities, the handicapped, ESL students, migrants, and the general population.
CBC has defined giftedness as a fluid characteristic that will eventually be expressed as a student’s talent. We believe that giftedness can exist across many domains and can be of various levels. Research has shown that the greater the giftedness the greater the asynchronicity of development. Gifted students need to be supported and challenged and failure to do so can increase the risk of the onset of social and emotional problems, as well as the failure to fully develop their potential talent.