
06495831
a
2015f.00990
Toh, Tin Lam
Mathematics competition questions: their pedagogical values and an alternative approach of classification.
Cho, Sung Je (ed.), Selected regular lectures from the 12th international congress on mathematical education, ICME 12, Seoul, Korea, July 815, 2012. Cham: Springer (ISBN 9783319171869/hbk; 9783319171876/ebook). 807819 (2015).
2015
Cham: Springer
EN
U40
D50
B60
C40
mathematics competition
problem solving
classification
doi:10.1007/9783319171876_45
Summary: In this paper, it is argued that the role of the various mathematics competitions could be expanded beyond helping the nation in identifying and developing the mathematically gifted students. Through an examination of some mathematics competition questions, it was identified that these competition questions could serve to help the general student population to (1) acquire mathematical problem solving processes through engaging in or developing a problem solving model; (2) learn mathematics beyond the constraint of the school mathematics curriculum; (3) deepen students' understanding of school mathematics; and (4) acquire mathematical techniques rendered obsolete by evolving technology. With the availability of vast resources on competition questions, an alternative approach to classifying competition questions based on the functions they could serve in the usual mathematics classroom is proposed.