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Handbook of Research on Science Education by Michael Talbot-Smith

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CHAPTER 11

Special Needs and Talents in Science Learning

J. Randy McGinnis

University of Maryland, College Park

Gregory P. Stefanich

University of Northern Iowa

Every learner in science is unique, with diverse abilities. Teachers as well as educational researchers have long recognized and used that understanding to varying degrees in their teaching and research. Learners in science who differ substantially in their performances from typical learner performances (physical, cognitive, or behavioral dimensions) and who need additional services and supports are the focus of this chapter. Those learners who exceed typical performances are described as possessing special talents; those learners who do not achieve at the typical level are identified ...

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