An investigation of elementary gifted students’ modeling competencies through engineering-based model eliciting activities

Karataş Aydın, Firdevs İclal
The aim of this study is to investigate the cognitive modeling competencies of elementary gifted students when they are engaged in engineering-based model eliciting activities. In this study, the case study method was employed. Participants of the study are 19 elementary gifted students between the ages of 9 and 12 who attend at the Science and Art Center in Ankara. Purposive sampling method was used to determine the participants. Six groups received three engineering-based model eliciting activities developed within the scope of this study over a period of five weeks, each activity to two groups in a classroom setting. The engineering-based model eliciting activities, video and audio recordings of group works, student worksheets, observer’s field notes and group interviews were used as data collection tools in this study. The data obtained from this study were analyzed based on de Villier’s (2018) classification of modeling competencies framework and the group modeling competency observation guide. In accordance with the findings of this study, the mentioned framework and guideline have been expanded. In this regard, it has been determined that the cognitive modeling competencies of elementary gifted students as a group are mostly exemplary level, and that some groups demonstrate proficient level of sub-modeling competencies in some activities. Based on the findings of this study, it can be concluded that engineering-based model eliciting activities can be used as enrichment tools that allow elementary gifted students to reveal their potential.


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Citation Formats
F. İ. Karataş Aydın, “An investigation of elementary gifted students’ modeling competencies through engineering-based model eliciting activities,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2022.