Planning Mathematics Curricula for Talented Students

Payne, Joseph
April 1981
Education Digest;Apr1981, Vol. 46 Issue 8, p47
The article provides information on the design of a curriculum that allows talented mathematics students to develop their potential and explore new domains of knowledge. Talented math students excel in logical and abstract reasoning, problem solving and problem setting, creative thinking, and--usually, but not always--computation. The mathematics curriculum for talented students takes into account the need for higher-level cognitive thinking and higher-order reasoning skills, as well as the need to master topics in the regular curriculum. Suggestions for designing such a curriculum are organized here by content, process, and acceleration. In terms of content, talented students should be expected to perform well on regular content, to explore topics in the regular curriculum at substantially greater depth than average students, and to engage in explorations that include mathematics not ordinarily taught to all students. It should be noted that the way a student thinks, reasons, and works is just as significant as the mathematical content. Talented students must have their knowledge enriched with in-depth study irrespective of the pace of content coverage.


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