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ERIC Number: ED273439
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 91
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-7969-0279-8
The South African Mathematics Olympiad: A Case Study of the Medallists from 1966 to 1983. Report O-181.
Le Roux, R. G.; And Others
Up to 10 persons a year are awarded medals for high performance in the South African Mathematics Olympiad, designed to stimulate the love for mathematics and to discover and reward youthful talent and aptitude. Questionnaires were sent to this group to ascertain their achievements, as a means of evaluating the effectiveness of the Olympiad. In the 18 years studied, there were 164 medallists (154 boys and 10 girls). Data on their background, scholastic training, academic training on the tertiary level, participation in cultural activities and sports, military service, occupations, and marital status are presented and discussed. Fifty-three percent of the medallists were in a full-time occupation, most in an engineering or math-related field. The other 47 percent were studying full time. An evaluation of the Olympiad concludes that it has been successful in meeting its aims. Recommendations for future mathematics competitions are also included. (MNS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria (South Africa).
Identifiers - Location: South Africa
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A