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ERIC Number: EJ898572
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1076-2175
Science in the City: Meeting the Needs of Urban Gifted Students with Project Clarion
Bland, Lori C.; Coxon, Steve; Chandler, Kimberley; VanTassel-Baska, Joyce
Gifted Child Today, v33 n4 p48-57 Fall 2010
Urban gifted children encounter many forces that derail the development of their full potential. A report by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and Civic Enterprises found that more than a million children in poverty rank in the top quartile academically, but few of these children will find adequate opportunities to fulfill such potential in urban schools. The same report found that only about half of these students will remain high achievers by fifth grade and that they are twice as likely to drop out of school as their middle class, same-ability peers. This is the result of multiple debilitating factors that impinge upon urban gifted children's abilities to develop to their full potential. Although much research suggests that focusing on students' strengths yields higher academic achievement, most models focus on the academic deficits that urban children face and completely ignore their strengths. The focus of this article is on how educators can help to ignite a fire of interest in science in urban gifted children and nurture scientific habits of mind beginning in the primary grades while providing specific strategies to mediate gaps in understanding and skills. This article illustrates how the Project Clarion meets the needs of urban gifted students. (Contains 6 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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