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ERIC Number: EJ1118479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1083-6470
Effectiveness of a Constructivist-Based Science Camp for Gifted Secondary Students
Wilson, Hope E.; Zoellner, Brian
Journal of Research in Education, v26 n1 p76-108 2016
Constructivist-based pedagogy is particularly applicable to gifted secondary students in the sciences due to the increased background knowledge of the population and the nature of the study of science. This research was an investigation of the effectiveness of a residential constructivist-based summer learning experience in aquatic biology and biomedicine for gifted secondary students. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches were used to analyze the data. Quantitative analyses showed that the program significantly increased both scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding of science among participants. There was no change in academic self-concept of the participants. Qualitative results supported these findings and demonstrated the importance of social relationships for program effectiveness. These results have implications for researchers in constructivist theory, science, and gifted education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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