Gifted, talented, high-ability, intellectual ability - these are all fluid terms that can be challenging to define.
In Ontario, the Ministry of Education defined exceptional pupils in Special Education: A Guide for Educators (Ontario Ministry of Education, 2001).
Giftedness is defined as:
"...an unusually advanced degree of general intellectual ability that requires differentiated learning experiences of a depth and breadth beyond those normally provided in the regular school program to satisfy the level of educational potential indicated."
ABC believes that this definition should include pupils who have specific intellectual ability. This change would ensure that pupils with exceptional intellectual ability in one area can have these needs addressed. ABC defines a bright child as:
"...one who has the potential for unusual accomplishment in any of several areas, including intellectual and creative ability, musical, artistic and athletic performance and social and leadership skills."
The Ontario Ministry of Education is currently revising their definition of Intellectual Giftedness.