Challenging Mathematically Gifted Primary Students

Diezmann, Carmel M. (2005) Challenging Mathematically Gifted Primary Students. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 14(1), pp. 50-57.


Mathematically gifted students and students with learning difficulties in mathematics differ substantively. However, they are both "at risk" of underachieving in mathematics without an adequately challenging learning environment. This paper explores the characteristics of the mathematically gifted and the implications of these characteristics for curriculum and instruction. It also presents a range of strategies that have been successfully used in regular classrooms to provide the cognitive challenge needed by mathematically gifted students. These strategies include (1) problematising tasks by inserting obstacles to the solution, limiting problem information or requiring students to use particular representations or solution strategies; (2) implementing mathematical investigations to encourage students to apply and create mathematical knowledge in posing and solving novel problems; (3) extending manipulative use to capitalise on visual-spatial or kinaesthetic representations and to support higher-level thinking; and (4) modifying educational games to provide rich mathematical and social learning opportunities. The inclusion of these strategies should contribute to the provision of high quality learning opportunities for the mathematically gifted.

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ID Code: 5922
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Mathematics, gifted, underachieving, challenging tasks, curriculum, primary
ISSN: 1323-9686
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 01 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:16

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