Ruchir Agarwal, Patrick Gaulé, 23 December 2018

Exceptional mathematics talents generate breakthroughs that move the entire field forward. This column explores how the talent of exceptional mathematics students from several countries affects their outcomes and contributions to the field. Small differences in talent during adolescence are associated with sizeable differences in long-term achievements, from getting a PhD to receiving a Fields medal. The research highlights the social losses associated with the lack of opportunities available to students in low-income countries.

Elizabeth Debraggio, Cecilia Rouse , Lisa Barrow, 23 December 2008

This column shows that randomised computer-aided instruction in mathematics increased student achievement and that the effect is larger for students in large, heterogeneous classes. Also, the costs of maintaining a computer-aided instruction lab are equivalent to those associated with reducing class sizes.

Johan Lagerlöf, Andrew Seltzer, 09 August 2008

Economics is mathematically intensive, and mathematically underprepared economics students are sure to struggle. Unfortunately, this column reports, at least one UK remedial course did little to help its students.


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