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Even though a case for the early identification of the gifted has been discussed for many years, little progress has been made in the development of a model to accomplish such a goal. In the 1950s professionals were still holding to the concept that intelligence was fixed. Hunt (1961) challenged the thinking of these professionals by stating that perhaps 50 percent of intelligence is due to genes and 50 percent to experience. He stressed the importance of providing young children with experiences that would foster their optimal development. It was made clear that if children were not provided with nurturing experiences in the first few years of life, they would never actualize their potential. While Hunt was not concentrating on the gifted, what he had to say makes a strong case for early identification and programming for the gifted.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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William Waack


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