ERIC Number: ED402700
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Science Talent in the Young Expressed within Ecologies of Achievement. Research-Based Decision Making Series.
Brandwein, Paul F.
This study defines some of the educational ecosystems that encourage students to discover science interests and science talent. Six interrelated constructs are discussed. Construct 1 consists of a skein of achievement-centered, goal-targeted environments that comprise the inspiring teaching and learning that can enhance the endowments of students. Construct 2 presents studies of unfavorable environments that block the goals of equal opportunity, optimum achievement in science, and the discovery of science proneness or talent. Construct 3 involves elements of formal learning in augmenting environments, focusing on instruction as an event evoking early discovery through self-identification of gifted children with a particular bent to science. Construct 4 presents a curricular structure for facilitating augmenting environments and a system for discovery and self-selection of all students for differentiated, sustainable futures in today's postindustrial world. Construct 5 suggests a mode by which students identify and select themselves to participate in differentiated programs of demanding study culminating in long-term originative inquiry. Construct 6 discusses science talent in practice and provides an operational definition of science talent. An executive summary is provided. Appendices include a list of effective science programs for students grades K-12 and a sample structure for science in elementary schools. (Contains approximately 280 references.) (Author/CR)
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Classroom Environment, Curriculum Design, Elementary Secondary Education, Gifted, Science Curriculum, Science Instruction, Science Interests, Science Programs, Student Development, Talent, Teaching Methods
NRC/GT, University of Connecticut, 362 Fairfield Road, U-7, Storrs, CT 06269-2007.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, Storrs, CT.