Publications

The impact of mathematics competitions on teachers and their classrooms in Puerto Rico, Switzerland and UK
Meike Akveld, Luis Caceres, David Crawford, Ferney Henao

This article presents the results of a small-scale, comparative study on the perceived impact that having students enter Mathematics competitions has on Mathematics teachers in Puerto Rico, Switzerland and the UK and on their classroom practice. The study surveyed a small number of Mathematics teachers in the three countries who teach in both public and private schools and in both rural and urban regions. The perceived advantages and disadvantages to students from taking part in competitions and to teachers who have students taking part in competitions are discussed and the findings compared across the three countries. The effect that Mathematics competitions have on the identification and development of the mathematical talent of students is considered together with the contribution of these activities to the academic environment of the classroom. For the teachers who did have students taking Mathematics competitions, the limitations of entry and the different methods in which teachers prepare or assist students to prepare for the competitions are compared between countries. Since the study is small in scale, no firm conclusions are drawn but suggestions are made as to where future, larger scale, studies might be carried out to see if the classroom experiences of all could be positively influenced by exposure to Mathematics competitions.
ZDM, Mathematics Education, Springer (Vol.54, Nr.5, pp.941-959)
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AKSF & Math Kangaroo. The world’s largest international mathematics competition
Meike Akveld and Luis Cáceres

Notices of the AMS (Vol.69, Nr.11, pp.1956-1960)
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The Math Kangaroo Competition
Meike Akveld, Luis Caceres, Jose Nieto, Rafael Sanchez

In this paper we briefly explain what Math Kangaroo is. This is followed by a representative sample of Kangaroo questions, varying over all ages and all areas of mathematics that are covered by this competition. The paper concludes with the analysis of some statistical data and suggestions about how Math Kangaroo and this type of questions may be used in Math Clubs.
Espacio Matemático (Vol.1, Nr.2, pp.74-91)
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Math Kangaroo
Meike Akveld, Luis Caceres, Robert Geretschläger

In this paper we will outline the history of the mathematical competition Kangaroo, describe the structure of the organisation behind it and in particular show a sample of past questions to give a flavour of what this competition is about. It should be underlined that Math Kangaroo is a popularising maths competition which is organised on a non-profit basis.
Mathematics Competitions Journal of the WFNMC (Vol.33, Nr.2, pp. 48-66)
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