Competitions and mathematics education

  • Petar S. Kenderov

    Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
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Mathematics competitions, together with the people and organizations engaged with them, form an immense and vibrant global network today. This network has many roles. Competitions help identify students with higher abilities in mathematics. They motivate these students to develop their talents and to seek professional realization in science. Competitions have positive impact on education and on educational institutions. Last but not least, a significant part of the classical mathematical heritage known as “Elementary Mathematics” is preserved, kept alive and developed through the network of competitions and competition-related activities. Nevertheless, competitions need to evolve in order to meet the demands of the new century.

These and many other items are outlined and discussed in the paper.