Aside from these intelligences, Gardner defines giftedness as “the ability to solve problems or create products that are valued in one or more cultural settings”.
That maybe far advanced if yours is still a toddler or a preschooler but let’s just lay it out there for future references.
Another theory to consider is Joseph Renzulli’s. For him, gifted behavior is an interaction of 3 human traits: above average ability, high levels of task commitment, and high levels of creativity. Persons who can combine these traits and apply them to a potentially valuable area of human performance are considered gifted individuals.
As you can see, these two psychologists put talents and skills (in any learning field) in the picture.
I know this is all starting to sound academic but I would like to define two more terms for all of us to be in the same page: Schoolhouse giftedness and Creative/Productive giftedness.
Schoolhouse gifted as defined by Renzulli refers to test taking, lesson learning, and academic giftedness. To simplify, these are kids who perform well in school and get high scores on cognitive assessments.
Creative/Productive giftedness, on the other hand, pertains to “producers” of original knowledge, material, or products, and who employ thought processes that tend to be inductive, integrated, and problem oriented.
This again deviates from the traditional concepts of intelligence and further supports creativity as also a form of giftedness.
So why is this useful and significant to us?