ERIC Number: ED307787
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Motivating the Most Capable Youths in Mathematics and Science and Discussant Reactions.
Barkovich, Kevin G.
This conference presentation suggests three key ingredients for motivating talented mathematics and science students. The first ingredient is the nature of the content in the courses offered. For instruction to successfully motivate, it should reveal the dynamic nature of mathematics and science, involve challenging materials, synthesize and integrate wide-ranging topics, and reveal the application of course content to life. The second ingredient is the flexibility of the curriculum, which involves accelerating coverage of material and enriching its content. The third ingredient is interaction with intellectual peers through special competitions, pull-out programs, summer programs, etc. In a reaction to the paper, Burton Stuart comments on the teacher's role as the most important factor in educating talented students, notes the advantages of acceleration but the dangers in overplacing students, and examines elementary school teachers' deficiencies in mathematics/science ability and training. Solomon Garfunkel then presents some mathematical problems used with talented students. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Dreyden, Julia I. Ed.; And Others. Developing Talent in Mathematics, Science and Technology: A Conference on Academic Talent (Durham, North Carolina, March 28-30, 1988); see EC 220 285.