Developing Scientific Talent in Students With Special Needs: An Alternative Model for Identification, Curriculum, and AssessmentEducation Faculty Publications
AbstractCan 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.
Citation InformationCarolyn R. Cooper, Susan M. Baum and Terry W. Neu. "Developing Scientific Talent in Students With Special Needs: An Alternative Model for Identification, Curriculum, and Assessment" (2004)
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