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Technology Driven Group Investigations for Gifted Elementary Students

, Youngstown State University, United States ; , Boardman Local Schools, United States

ITCE Volume 2003, Number 1, ISSN 1522-8185 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)


The purpose of this study is to examine an instructional design for teaching science to gifted elementary students that integrates a gifted education teaching model (Group Investigations) with Internet-based communications, in order to conduct an onsite/outdoor learning expedition. This study demonstrates the importance of high-powered science curriculum (aligned in accordance with national science standards) and the use of advanced technologies in creating differentiated curricula for young gifted students. Given the paucity of research studies on gifted learners in science and technology, this study assessed gifted elementary students' ability to use advanced technologies, and the worthiness of using Group Investigations (initially designed as a pedagogical model for secondary students) to conduct science expeditions. A questionnaire (Likert scales and open-ended items) was constructed to assess the extent to which students found this science project, entitled Our Lake Online, to be engaging and effective. The study strongly suggests that integration of the Group Investigations Model with advanced science content and digital technologies contribute positively to planning science programs for gifted elementary students. The research findings indicate that young gifted learners are capable of engaging in onsite science expeditions as well as highly capable of using mobile digital communications and environmental analysis tools.


Dove, M.K. & Zitkovich, J.A. (2003). Technology Driven Group Investigations for Gifted Elementary Students. Information Technology in Childhood Education Annual, 2003(1), 223-241. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved January 25, 2020 from .



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