Faculty Publications

Title

Prairie restoration project: Alternatives for identifying gifted students

Document Type

Article

Keywords

creativity, identification of gifted students, leadership, middle school students, service learning

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Middle School Journal

Volume

47

Issue

2

First Page

13

Last Page

22

Abstract

An authentic, challenging curriculum engaged middle school students from an urban district in exploratory work related to restoring a small prairie at the school. Integrated science-literacy-arts activities were coupled with a system of thinking skills that helped students view issues from different perspectives. Impassioned guest speakers and an enthusiastic teacher inspired students to build a relationship with the content, express their ideas creatively, interact with each other on student-designed projects, and to assume a leadership stance. Middle school students of all academic levels would benefit from teachers implementing similar subject-integrated, real-world-connected work in their classrooms.

Original Publication Date

3-14-2016

DOI of published version

10.1080/00940771.2016.1102599

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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