02 Sep Neuroscience and Giftedness: A Research-based Unit of Instruction for Teachers
Neuroscience and Giftedness: A Research-based Unit of Instruction for Teachers
Paper presentation83Pamela Clinkenbeard, Univ. of Wisconsin-Whitewater, United States
Everest 1Fri 10:30 - 12:00
Balanced research and practice
Teachers of the gifted naturally may be interested in the brain, but they (and their professors/instructors) may have difficulty finding the time to investigate the exploding area of educational neuroscience. The aim of this talk is to present research on neuroscience and giftedness in the form of a practical unit of instruction. This unit could be used by university instructors of gifted education classes, and by teachers for their own information or to teach their students about the brain. The talk will connect neuroscience research and practice by addressing neuromyths, evidence-based teaching practices, and (briefly) research on creativity, motivation, and twice-exceptionality. In terms of methodology, this presentation is a review of the research on giftedness and neuroscience, emphasizing studies most relevant for teachers and their practice. The topics of neuroplasticity and appropriate challenge, which are key to this talk, are directly related to empowering talents and enabling personal growth.