ERIC Number: EJ986074
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Innovative Allies: Spatial and Creative Abilities
Coxon, Steve V.
Gifted Child Today, v35 n4 p277-284 Oct 2012
Spatial and creative abilities are important for innovations in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, but talents are rarely developed from these abilities by schools, including among gifted children and adolescents who have a high potential to become STEM innovators. This article provides an overview of each ability and makes the case for their connection. Example activities that involve spatial and creative abilities are provided. These activities not only can incorporate state standards but also can provide the challenge necessary to develop spatial and creative talents in gifted learners. Activity examples are provided in the following categories: arts curriculum embedded within STEM subjects, problem solving focused curriculum, computer programming, and academic competitions.
Descriptors: Gifted, State Standards, Creativity, Programming, Mathematics Instruction, Spatial Ability, STEM Education, Adolescents, Children, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Innovation, Talent Development, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Scores, Science Education, Technology Education, Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001