Exploration of Challenges Among Gifted and Talented Children

  • Abdul Rashid Abdul Aziz Fakulti Kepimpinan dan Pengurusan, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
  • Nor Hamizah Ab Razak Fakulti Kepimpinan dan Pengurusan, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
  • Rezki Perdani Sawai Fakulti Kepimpinan dan Pengurusan, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
  • Mohd Faizal Kasmani Fakulti Kepimpinan dan Pengurusan, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
  • Mohamad Isa Amat Fakulti Kepimpinan dan Pengurusan, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
  • Amin Al Haadi Shafie Fakulti Kepimpinan dan Pengurusan, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
Keywords: counseling services, gifted, talented, children


Most gifted students love to study, work hard to complete cognitive tasks, and wanted to have more difficult subjects for enhancing their intellectual capability. However, they are unable to do so in their regular classes even in their special gifted group. Some of the challenges faced by gifted and talented students are teachers’ stigma, negative peer attitudes, difficulty understanding others, problems related to perfectionism, as well as impatience and intolerance. Thus, there is a dire need to cater the social and emotional issues of these students. Counselors may be unaware and unable to respond to these concerns because they are not well-trained to counsel this unique population. Therefore, this study aims to investigate the characteristics of gifted and talented students, challenges that they face and the need for counseling approaches to address all these issues to unleash the learning and development of gifted students.


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How to Cite
Abdul Aziz, A. R., Ab Razak, N. H., Perdani Sawai, R., Kasmani, M. F., Amat, M. I. and Shafie, A. A. H. (2021) “Exploration of Challenges Among Gifted and Talented Children”, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 6(4), pp. 242 - 251. doi: 10.47405/mjssh.v6i4.760.

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