chapter  15
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Bringing learners and scientific expertise together

ByMATTHEW NEWBERRY, JOHN K. GILBERT

In can be argued that students who are ‘gifted in science’ have specific educational needs. These centre on being able to engage in an ‘apprenticeship in thinking’ (Rogoff 1990) with a scientist and/or teacher who is expert in a subject that is of direct interest to students. This association can to some extent be provided by access to materials produced by an expert e.g. through the internet. The subjects of direct interest to students are best addressed through the medium of problems to be solved or questions to be answered. It is equally important that such students develop the capacity to work with other students of like mind, if only to break down the sense of isolation that many feel. The activity presented here is offered as a case study of how these challenges can be addressed simultaneously. It was initiated by the Cams Hill Science Consortium (CHSC).