Nurturing scientific creativity of primary gifted children: A preliminary study

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Abstract

This paper would discuss the curriculum design and evaluation of a 12 hours science course, which is part of a summer course for primary gifted children organized by the Centre for Child Development, Hong Kong Baptist University. This science course aims at nurturing scientific creativity of children through enhancing their abilities and interests in asking questions; observing and making discoveries independently ; designing experiments; doing hands-on activities with daily materials and solving creative real life problems. The content of the course are all relevant to the daily-life experience of a primary child. In the course, children are encouraged to take initiatives, present their own ideas, take risks, make mistakes, share others' ideas, work collaboratively and appreciate others' creations. In the end, this paper also includes a brief discussion and reflection on teacher' role and attitude. This program is a first attempt of similar kind in Hong Kong, though rather short and preliminary, it would shed some light on future science gifted programs in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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Cheng, M. Y. V., & lau, S. (1997, November). Nurturing scientific creativity of primary gifted children: A preliminary study. Paper presented at the Hong Kong Educational Research Association (HKERA) 14th Annual Conference: Compulsory Education and Beyond, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China.