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ERIC Number: ED449587
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Pages: 13
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Actualizing Mathematical Giftedness in Adulthood.
Tirri, Kirsi
This study followed up gifted Finnish students who participated in Olympiad mathematics and scientific competitions during the years 1965-1997. Survey responses were received from 158 former Olympians (150 males, 8 females) and 169 of their parents. The responding Olympians had competed in mathematics (N=73), physics (N=50), and chemistry (N=35) and their ages at follow-up ranged from under 21 to 50. Analysis of survey responses focused on: (1) the influence of family and school; (2) actualizing mathematical giftedness in Olympians' professional lives; and (3) how Olympians explain their academic and professional success. Overall, findings indicated that: the Finnish Olympians actualized their mathematical talent by choosing a career in science and most of them became researchers in academia or engineers in technical fields; Olympians have been very successful in their graduate studies and have published books and articles; Olympians are independent learners who attribute their academic success to both ability and effort; the Olympiad program tended to increase participants' self-confidence and confirmed career choices already made; and Olympians have been motivated mostly by their own inner drive, although they credit a conducive home atmosphere and supportive teachers as helpful. (Contains 13 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland