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Science Education for Gifted Learners

1st Edition

Edited by Keith S. Taber


256 pages

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Science is central to our modern technological society, yet many of the most able pupils who could become the scientists of tomorrow turn away from science as soon as they have a choice in their studies. Science is often seen to be difficult or boring, and fails to engage or challenge those who are most suited to excel in scientific studies.

This book asks what classroom teachers can do to make sure that their science teaching is stimulating and challenging for their students. Topics covered include:

  • what do we mean by gifted and able children?
  • gifted children that slip through the net
  • challenging science through modelling
  • asking questions in science
  • exploring topical issues
  • challenging science through talk
  • after-school enrichment.

Set in the wider context of debates about the provision for those labelled ‘gifted’ and ‘exceptionally able’, this book explores the meaning of these categories, and considers what they may imply in such approaches as setting, streaming, acceleration and enrichment.


'If you are an educational researcher, or a teacher profoundly interested in developing gifted students, this reasonably priced book may be for you.' - Education in Chemistry

'This book is a very rich source of information about the characteristics and learning needs of students who are deemed to be gifted and provides approaches to teaching that may help such pupils develop… The fascinating nature of the topic and the exceptionally well written chapters make it a worthwhile read for all involved in science education' - School Science Review

'Science Education for Gifted Learners represents an important contribution to the serious examination of teaching science to gifted learners.' - International Journal of Science Education

'The book does and excellent job of exploring the world if science instruction for the gifted. It should prove useful to teachers, administratiors of gifted programmes, and researchers interested in this population' - International Journal of Science Education

Table of Contents

Section 1: Defining Terms 1. What Do We Mean by Gifted, Intelligent or Able in Science? 2. Characteristics of the Gifted and Exceptionally Able 3. Slipping through the Net – Underachievers and Dual Exceptionalities 4. Learning with an Attitude – Working in the Affective Domain 5. Meeting the Needs of the Most Able in Science – Inside, or Out? 6. ‘Levelness’ of the Most Able in Science Section 2: Approaches to Challenging Science Education 7. Challenging Science Learners through Modelling 8. Asking Questions in Science 9. Exploring Contemporary Issues 10. Explaining Science 11. Challenging Science through Dialogue Section 3: Putting the Ideas into Practice 12. Applying the Ideas in Class 13. After-School Enrichment – Schools Working Together to Provide for Able Science Learners Section 4: Reflections 14. Able Pupils Experiencing Challenging Science – What Has the Project Achieved? 15. Reflections from the Post-Compulsory Perspective 16. Meeting the Needs of Learners through Challenging Science Education

About the Editor

Keith S. Taber is a senior lecturer in science education at the University of Cambridge.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Special Education / Gifted
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General