Capitalising on the zeitgeist for mathematically gifted students

Diezmann, Carmel M. (2002) Capitalising on the zeitgeist for mathematically gifted students. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 11(2), pp. 5-10.


Mathematically gifted individuals contribute to society through their knowledge production and leadership in mathematics and other mathematically-oriented disciplines (i.e., science, engineering and technology). In contemporary society, individuals with high-level mathematical capability are essential to ensure the prosperity of society in the "knowledge economy". However, concomitantly with the valuing of these individuals there has been a serious concern that Australia is not producing sufficient individuals with high-level mathematical capabilities. The convergence of the appreciation of the role of the mathematically gifted and the recognition of a shortfall in numbers of individuals with mathematical capability has created a Zeitgeist ─ "a window of opportunity" ─ for enhancing the education of mathematically gifted students. This paper discusses why there is a Zeitgeist for some mathematically gifted students and why other mathematically gifted students may not benefit from these times, and provides suggestions to improve the education of ALL mathematically gifted students.

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ID Code: 1508
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 AAEGT
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 08 Jun 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:25

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