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ERIC Number: EJ919394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1076-2175
From "The Twilight Zone" to "Avatar": Science Fiction Engages the Intellect, Touches the Emotions, and Fuels the Imagination of Gifted Learners
Stutler, Susan Lee
Gifted Child Today, v34 n2 p45-49 Spr 2011
Dabrowski's Theory of Overexcitabilities suggests that gifted and creative children experience the world via heightened levels of psychomotor, sensual, intellectual, emotional, and imaginational intensity. According to Dabrowski and Piechowski (1977), "intellectual, emotional, and imaginational linkages are the basis for highly creative intelligence." Science fiction is story telling that is intellectually intriguing and emotionally charged and requires the suspension of disbelief, thus setting the stage for thrilling play in the imaginational domain. The ideas presented in science fiction (sci-fi) stories are some of the most intellectually complex in all of literature. Science fiction provides wildly vivid landscapes and future worlds that capture and fascinate the most intense imaginations. Great science fiction can be a springboard to studies of history, Earth and space science, physical science, technology, government, life science, and the environment. Science fiction is rife with connections to the real world. From UFOs to robotics, to lights and lasers and the dynamics of flight, students can soak up knowledge that may serve as a foundation to future learning pathways, and acquire and practice important research skills while absorbed in study that is self-initiated.
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Language: English
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