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ERIC Number: EJ1031783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
Science Experiences for Your Highly Able Child
Hendricks, Paige; Chandler, Kimberley
Parenting for High Potential, v3 n2 p18-21 Oct 2013
For teachers and parents, it is important to offer children opportunities for sensory exploration and wonder that capitalize on questioning and curiosity. This article discusses three areas to assist parents in addressing the scientific interests of their children, in terms of understanding what should be happening at school and how it can be supplemented at home: (a) inquiry; (b) leveraging students' natural scientific curiosity; and (c) authentic applications. In order for the highly able child to remain engaged in scientific topics, science experiences must emphasize content in the physical, life (biological), Earth, and space sciences equally. Children who exhibit aptitude and interest in science need to be engaged in real-world problem-solving opportunities that closely resemble what experts in the field are doing. Parents may need to seek science-focused alternative experiences for their children outside of school hours, including weekends and summers. Additionally, children can also seek the assistance of mentors in scientific fields where their curiosities lie, engaging experts in finding and solving scientific problems and blending theoretical knowledge learned in school with personal curiosity not yet explored. Parents can ask themselves, do we provide experiences that resemble problem-based learning by discussing science-related scenarios that we see in the local news? Capitalizing on the scientific curiosity of the child can assist parents with an initial search of local, state, national, and international experiences. Local libraries can also be accessed for resources on weekends and during the summer months.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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