Sterling College educational psychology students spent Monday, Oct. 28, guiding third through sixth grade Rice County gifted students through a day of activities related to “The Swiss Family Robinson,” by Johann David Wys. The gifted students were accompanied by Pam Simpson, the Rice County gifted and talented coordinator.
The gifted students took a field trip to further study plants, animals and survival. The students spent the morning at Hedrick’s Exotic Animal Farm in Nickerson, Kan., before coming to the Sterling College Heritage Outdoor Learning Lab and Garden. At Sterling College, they students met up with Spencer Wagley, assistant professor of education, and his educational psychology students.
“The Rice County students got to interact with Dr. Wai-Foong Hong and Dr. Jonathan Conard, who spoke about different types of plants that the characters from ‘The Swiss Family Robinson’ could have used for survival,” said Wagley.
Sterling College educational psychology students will begin a case study that involves one of the gifted students that they worked with during the event.
“The educational psychology students will continue to observe the student for an additional 12 hours and write about their observations. It is great way for educational psychology students to see the child development theories in action