Since the discovery of the structure of DNA, the biological sciences have made major strides in discovering the basic processes and structures of life. A biology curriculum designed with the needs of the gifted in mind is the key to that realm of knowledge. An effective biology curriculum consists of four elements: concepts and principles; conceptual change; inquiry; and metacognition. Many people think of the first element, concepts and principles, as conveying 98 percent of the value of a curriculum. The other three elements, however, are what distinguish a great and valuable curriculum for the gifted.

Concepts and Principles

Most biology curricula focus on the essential facts, concepts, and principles that make up the content or declarative knowledge of biology. Ineffective curricula present these concepts as a ...

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