ERIC Number: EJ1125873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Gifted & Green: Sustainability/Environmental Science Investigations That Promote Gifted Children's Learning
Schroth, Stephen T.; Helfer, Jason A.
Gifted Child Today, v40 n1 p14-28 Jan 2017
Environmental studies provide an ideal opportunity for gifted children of any age to build critical and creative-thinking skills while also building skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas. Exploring issues related to sustainability and environmental concerns permits gifted learners to identify problems, develop research questions, gather and analyze data, develop possible solutions, and disseminate this information to others. Green issues are especially appealing to gifted learners as they are sensitive to the world around them and often long to engage in projects that touch on issues facing their communities. Although the relevance to STEM subjects is clear, green investigations can also build skills across the content areas, in diverse subjects such as English/language arts, social studies, music, and art. A variety of resources, including national and Common Core State Standards, exist that can help parents and teachers create investigations for gifted children that permit them to be both gifted and green.
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Academically Gifted, Creative Thinking, Skill Development, STEM Education, Sustainability, Conservation (Environment), Interdisciplinary Approach, Teaching Methods, Common Core State Standards, Individualized Instruction, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Childrens Literature
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