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GUIDANCE AND INSTRUCTION FOR THE EXPEPTIONALLY DISTINCT (G.I.F.T.E.D.)
Date posted: 2014-07-17
In line with the University’s vision of integrating the four core values in all our programs, and in keeping with the international trends for benchmarks in excellence, the Guidance Center has a project catering to students who are considered distinct and exceptional in various fields. The program, aptly named G.I.F.T.E.D. – Growth and Instruction For The Exceptionally Distinct, aims to ensure that the gifted students of the University are given the best possible opportunities for growth and development. Just like the “regular” college student, the exceptional or gifted student also faces problems and issues that might hinder him from reaching his full potential. The G.I.F.T.E.D. Program is a form of intervention designed to help gifted students identify and cope effectively with these hindrances.
The Guidance Center adapted the operational definition of “giftedness” as conceptualized by Joseph Renzulli (1978). Prof. Renzulli’s broadened conception of giftedness (with emphasis on above average ability, creativity and task commitment) was utilized as the model in determining who among the students would be considered distinct and exceptional. Furthermore, it was decided that the target group of participants will be limited to those in their first or second year in college.
This is the third year that the G.I.F.T.E.D. program has been in place. The first step of the program requires that the Program Coordinator identifies the potential participants. With the help of the PTU, CCA Director, Athletics Director, SAO, Band Master, ITC and Registrar’s Office, the likely G.I.F.T.E.D. participants are ascertained. Participants are first screened based on having AT LEAST an overall CEE score of High and AT LEAST a GPA of 88 percent. Next, surveys on Task Commitment, as well as Creativity are administered to these students, to complete the required “criteria” for a gifted individual.
Characteristics indicative of giftedness that call for a referral:
- Exceptional or high academic achievement
- Generates many ideas, questions, and suggestions
- Vocabulary beyond the same age group or year level
- Advanced skill in written expression
- Proficiency in oral expression
- Quick and accurate recall of factual information
- Readily recalls visual and/or auditory information
- Understands concepts without concrete examples
- Can establish relationships between seemingly unrelated concepts
- Is insightful about cause-and-effect relationships
- Stands out in situations
- Strives for perfection in work and work habits
- Becomes involved in tasks, loses awareness of time
- Persistent in pursuing discussion beyond cut – off point
Though the G.I.F.T.E.D. Program is still in its “infancy” stage, the ratings of the previous participants serve to motivate the Guidance Center to continue with and improve on the program. We aim for better activities and more clients served because we have faith that each person is capable of achieving his fullest potential, but more importantly, because our clients believe in us and in the benefits of the program.