Chemistry is deeply rooted in common daily activities and has scientific depth as well as broad technological application, which make this subject particularly interesting for gifted education. This fact has been reflected in a number of curricula and enrichment programs. For instance, approximately 15 percent of all enrichments feature direct or indirect references to chemistry. Yet the significance of the subject with respect to gifted education is not equivalent across all countries and cultures. The emphasis placed on this topic is reflected in the results of the last International Chemistry Olympiad, where the first 20 places were occupied by teams from 10 Asian countries, 7 countries from the former Eastern Bloc, and 3 Western countries.

International comparisons demonstrate that chemistry curricula vary greatly from country to ...

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