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Identification, motivation and support of school students with higher mathematical abilities (The project “MATHEU"). (English)
Mediterr. J. Res. Math. Educ. 6, No. 1-2, 69-76 (2007).
Summary: In many countries the standard education in mathematics is mainly oriented to serve the average ability students. This is natural because such students form a majority in schools. Special care is usually assigned to lower ability students so that they could cover the educational standards. Less attention is paid however to students with higher than average abilities in mathematics. The standard curriculum and syllabus requirements are no challenge for these students. As a result, a lot of mathematical abilities (and even mathematical talents) remain undiscovered and undeveloped. On the other hand, the higher ability individuals provide a critical resource for the development of the society, if they are properly educated, motivated to work and supported. With this in mind a project named MATHEU was started aimed at developing tools for identification, motivation and support of students with higher ability (and perhaps talent) in mathematics. The project has been carried out with the support of the European Union within the framework of the Socrates Programme (Comenius 2.1 action). It intends to network Mathematical Societies, Universities and other relevant organizations in their efforts to improve the identification, motivation and support of mathematically able students and to enhance learning of mathematics in general by providing challenging educational materials to teachers and students. On behalf of the partners and participants in this project we present here the philosophy, the aims, the difficulties and the results obtained so far in the realization of the Project MATHEU.
Classification: C90
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