A review of the future problem solving program in Australia: Is it meeting the needs of the gifted student?

Norman Shane PHILLIPSON, Florian HAERLE, Valerie VOLK

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Abstract

Although the Future Problem Solving Program (FPSP) was originally designed to meet the enrichment needs of gifted students, its use has nowbeen extended to include children with a broad range of academic abilities, including thosewithin Australia. The claims that the FPSP stimulatescreativity, optimism for the future, problem-solving and team membership in gifted students were examined and found to be largely based on older studies that depended on selfassessment and where the characteristics of the partidpants wereill-defined. Furthermore, many of thesestudies examined the FPSP prior to changes in the creativity andproblem-solving components. The article concludes that further research, based on empirical techniques, is urgently required in order to substantiate the claims that the FPSP adequately meets the needs of these students. Copyright © 2003 Australian Association for the Education of Gifted and Talented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-15
JournalThe Australasian Journal of Gifted Education
Volume12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003

Citation

Phillipson, S. N., Haerle, F., & Volk, V. (2003). A review of the future problem solving program in Australia: Is it meeting the needs of the gifted student? The Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 12(1), 5-15.

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