Developing mathematical talent in schoolchildren: Who, what, and how?

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Mathematical talent is an intriguing human phenomenon. From the time of Poincare (1908/1952), who linked mathematical talent to mathematical creation, the relationship between mathematical talent and mathematical creativity has been at the heart of the discussion of mathematical talent. Analysis of the criteria used for empirical examination of mathematical talent shows that researchers connect mathematical talent to general giftedness, to mathematical achievement, or to mathematical creativity. This chapter discusses the developing mathematical talent in schoolchildren. It starts by discussing the components and complexities of mathematical talent and goes on to review several frameworks for its development. It briefly addresses characteristics of mathematical content and didactical principles directed at the development of mathematical talent. Finally, it briefly addresses the proficiency required for teaching the gifted and presents examples of mathematical problems and their solutions. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe psychology of high performance
Subtitle of host publicationDeveloping human potential into domain-specific talent
EditorsRena F. Subotnik, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Frank C. Worrell
Place of PublicationWashington, DC
PublisherAmerican Psychological Association Inc.
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)1433829886, 9781433829888, 1433830388, 9781433830389
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Creativity
  • Gifted
  • Mathematical Ability
  • Mathematics Education
  • Teaching


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