Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 2004

Abstract

Can students with learning and attention difficulties in school actually be talented scientists in disguise? This article presents a model that was highly successful in identifying and developing scientific talent in these special students. The factors that contributed to the success of the model were the following: The emphasis was on helping students become creative producers. The model also featured a strong mentoring component that included role-modeling and problem solving within specific scientific domains and provided students with authentic, discovery-based, experiential, advanced level subject matter of the domain. Finally, the alternate means of assessing student achievement focused on a student’s performance and the product he or she created, rather than on test scores. Students demonstrated their ability to be competitive, collaborative, and to apply problem-solving skills. These performances resulted in the students’ shifting their identity from loser to winner.

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Originally published:

Cooper, Carolyn R. Baum, Susan M., Neu, Terry W. "Developing Scientific Talent In Students With Special Needs: An Alternative Model For Identification, Curriculum, And Assessment." Journal Of Secondary Gifted Education 15.4 (2004): 162-169.


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