Gender Differences in Characteristics of Giftedness Scale Scores in Preschool Children

By Jana Marie Havigerová and Iva Burešová.

Published by The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning

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The results of this study suggest that 35 (4% of all pre-schoolers) are exceptionally gifted children and could be expected to enter first grade. Interestingly, when looking at gender differences, our screening seems to favour girls as generally more gifted than boys. This difference might be associated with generally faster biological maturation of girls as well as different paths of brain development (young female brain is supposed to be better predisposed to good verbal performance and fine motor skills, which are the most essential components of school readiness).

Keywords: Characteristics of Giftedness Scale, pre-schoolers, gender differences, gender stereotypes

The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning, Volume 22, Issue 1, March 2015, pp.11-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 5, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 727.896KB)).

Dr. Jana Marie Havigerová

Lecturer and Researcher in Psychology, Department of Primary and Preprimary Education, University of Hradec Králové, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

Researcher in the field of educational psychology - theoretical background: cognitive, positive and folk psychology. Her research deals with the questions: how differently people perceive the implicit content of concepts of normality, talent, learning, family and how to encourage and develop the cognitive abilities in the school.

Iva Burešová

Assistant Professor, Institute of Psychology, Masaryk´s University, Brno, Czech Republic

Lecturer and researcher in the field of counseling psychology. Research activities focus on the issue of measurement and assessment in psychology, psychology of giftedness and self-harm behavior in the childhood and adolescence.