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Understanding the Behavioral Characteristics of Scientifically Gifted Elementary School Students based on the Characteristics of Creative Physicists’ Behavior During the Growth Period
New Phys.: Sae Mulli 2019; 69: 497~507
Published online May 31, 2019;
© 2019 New Physics: Sae Mulli.

Insun LEE1, Jongwon PARK2

1Department of Physics Education, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju 28644, Korea
2Department of Physics Education, Chonnam National University, Gwanju 61186, Korea

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Received March 25, 2019; Revised April 12, 2019; Accepted April 15, 2019.
cc This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Using ‘a list of behavioral characteristics of creative physicists during the growth period’ (including 8 categories and 30 items), we examined the behavioral characteristic of elementary students in the Science Gifted Center. Eighty-two students selected the 10 items from the list, that demonstrated their own behavioral characteristics well, and they provided concrete examples for each selected item. The results showed that the respondents were highly selective in ‘task commitment’, ‘communication’, and ‘making’ categories. Also, some specific behavioral characteristics were found to be especially observed only by scientifically gifted students, and scientifically gifted students were found to have all categories of the behavioral characteristics of creative physicists. Therefore, this list can be used for identifying scientifically gifted students and for encouraging students’ daily behavior. Female students showed more selectivity in nondynamic and artistic items, while male students showed high selectivity in mechanical and challenging items. Finally, implications are discussed, and applications and future research are suggested.
PACS numbers:, 01.40.Fk
Keywords: Scientifically gifted students, Elementary gifted students, Identification of the gifted, Behavioral characteristics

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