I subscribe to Francoys Gagne’s definition that giftedness is intellectual potential in the top 10% of the population of age-peers. It may or may not develop into systematically developed talents unless the Environmental and Intrapersonal catalysts in a person are conducive to its development. See diagram at the following link:
I am concerned to intervene when adjustments need to be made in the environmental factors and further exploration of a student’s intrapersonal factors may need to occur so that the learning profile of a child can be better served by teaching methodology, teacher expectations, the content, pace and processes of the school curriculum.
Suggested readings – books and journal articles – can be given on request.