Teachers’ beliefs about student diversity: exclusive and inclusive models
The three already traditional volumes of the WDS Proceedings you are holding in the hands are composed of the contributions which have been presented during the 21st Annual Conference of Doctoral Students that was held in Prague, at Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics from May 29 to June 1, 2012. In this year, 100 student manuscripts were submitted to publishing and 88 were accepted after the review process.
This article presents the results of a pilot study assessing the level of formation of a stochastic competence among teachers of mathematics. Besides, the indicators that reflect the competence of formation of stochastic students are identified and ranked in order of importance. Different instruments (questionnaires, tests, assignments) have been used to solve the problem under study.
Institutions affect investment decisions, including investments in human capital. Hence institutions are relevant for the allocation of talent. Good market-supporting institutions attract talent to productive value-creating activities, whereas poor ones raise the appeal of rent-seeking. We propose a theoretical model that predicts that more talented individuals are particularly sensitive in their career choices to the quality of institutions, and test these predictions on a sample of around 95 countries of the world. We find a strong positive association between the quality of institutions and graduation of college and university students in science, and an even stronger negative correlation with graduation in law. Our findings are robust to various specifications of empirical models, including smaller samples of former colonies and transition countries. The quality of human capital makes the distinction between educational choices under strong and weak institutions particularly sharp. We show that the allocation of talent is an important link between institutions and growth.