Early identification of mathematics talent has long-term positive consequences for career contributions
International Journal of Educational Research Volume 25, Number 6 ISSN 0883-0355 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This chapter begins with a description of the Olympiad program in the United States and then proceeds to present the results of a retrospective study of the American Math Olympians. The chapter is organized around two basic research questions: What factors contribute to or hinder the development of the Olympians' math talent? Do the Olympians fulfill their potential? The results of this study show that 42% of the American Olympians earned Ph.D. degrees (an additional 13% are enrolled in Ph.D. programs), and many are successful in business fields. In terms of productivity, these Olympians are responsible for the publication of 15 books, 435 articles, 274 research papers, and 15 patents. Several factors, especially family influences, are shown to contribute to the development of the Olympians' talent. Hindrances experienced by the Olympians are also implicated, particularly those dealing with their social development.
Campbell, J.R. Early identification of mathematics talent has long-term positive consequences for career contributions. International Journal of Educational Research, 25(6), 497-522. Elsevier Ltd.