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TALENT apart, gifted children can often be disorganised, forget their homework, be sensitive to criticism and get into disputes with authority.

They may also have difficulty restraining their desire to talk and be disruptive. Colleen Willard-Holt's summary of research findings, Dual Exceptionalities, includes a checklist on "Characteristics of gifted students who are bored", available at:

ericec.orgdigestse574.htm

Along with other US studies, this can be accessed from the ERIC Clearing House on Disabilities and Gifted Educationat:

ericec.orggiftedgt-diges.htm

A key UK source for information on gifted and talented children is the website of the National Association for Gifted Children at:

www.rmplc.co.ukorgsnagc

One of many items on the site is a very readable collection of nearly 200 abstracts and summaries of important articles from the past few years. That collection can be downloaded from www.rmplc.co.ukorgsnagcab33.html

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