Implications of the Olympiad studies for the development of mathematical talent in schools

Rena F. Subotnik*, Anthony D. Miserandino, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

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In this chapter educational implications arising from the data about the Olympiad winners in the U.S., Taiwan and Mainland China (Chapters 3-5) are offered. The discussion addresses two lines of questioning: (1)How can we ensure support for recognized math talent through schooling to professional life? (2) How can we increase the pool of gifted students who participate in the Olympiad and other academic competitions and programs? To address the first question, related research studies in a number of different areas are explored. The second part of the chapter looks at how and why schools should expand the number of students who participate in competitions. This view is supported by a rationale for the role of talent development, including whether broad or narrow curricula for secondary students should be pursued and how the "the leaky pipeline" leading to math-based careers can be "plugged."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-573
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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