Why do experts pose problems for mathematics competitions? (English)

Bernack-Schüler, Carola (ed.) et al., Views and beliefs in mathematics education. Results of the 19th MAVI conference, Freiburg, Germany, September 25‒28, 2013. Wiesbaden: Springer Spektrum (ISBN 978-3-658-09613-7/pbk; 978-3-658-09614-4/ebook). Freiburger Empirische Forschung in der Mathematikdidaktik, 171-181 (2015).

Summary: Inspired by the recurrent findings on the steady decrease in students’ interest in mathematics, this paper is concerned with sources of experts’ motivation for posing problems for mathematics competitions. Twenty-six experts from nine countries participated in the study. The inductive analysis of the data suggests that experts utilise posing problems for mathematics competitions for fulfilment of their internal needs: an intellectual need for enriching their mathematical knowledge base and a socio-psychological need for belonging, recognition and appreciation. Educational implications of the findings for students are discussed and future research directions are presented.