ERIC Number: EJ1176203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Direct Measurement of Scientific Giftedness
Sternberg, Robert J.
Roeper Review, v40 n2 p78-85 2018
Giftedness in science today is largely measured by various kinds of standardized tests--IQ tests, SATs, ACTs, GREs, and so forth. For example, many STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) gifted programs rely at least in part on IQ tests or the SAT for identifying students as gifted. It might be useful to supplement such standard measures with measures that directly measure the skills involved in actual scientific work, such as (a) generating hypotheses, (b) generating experiments, (c) drawing conclusions, (d) reviewing (i.e., analyzing scientific work), (e) editing (i.e., evaluating reviews of scientific work), and (f) evaluating teaching. This article discusses the status of the measurement of scientific giftedness and also describes assessments designed to measure scientific giftedness as well as giftedness in evaluating teaching (an important component of scientific success).
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Academically Gifted, Standardized Tests, Science Tests, Alternative Assessment, Measurement, STEM Education, Science Process Skills, Creativity, Intelligence, Science Instruction
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