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Informatics Education and Contests in Finland. 7th BEBRAS workshop Druskininkai , Lithuania , May 11th 2011 Juha Vartiainen, Finland. Finnish School System. a ge. optional pre-school compulsory 9 years comprehensive school primary school ( grades 1-6, class teachers )

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Informatics education and contests in finland

InformaticsEducation and Contests in Finland

7th BEBRAS workshop

Druskininkai, Lithuania, May 11th 2011

Juha Vartiainen, Finland


Finnish school system

FinnishSchool System

age

  • optionalpre-school

  • compulsory 9 yearscomprehensiveschool

    • primaryschool (grades 1-6, classteachers)

    • secondaryschool (grades 7-9, subjectteachers)

  • uppersecondaryschool(2-4 years)

    • concludeswithnationallygradedmatriculationexamination

  • vocationalstudies

Informatics Education and Contests in Finland


Informatics education in finnish schools national curriculum

InformaticsEducation in FinnishSchools – National Curriculum

Informatics is not a compulsorysubject in Finnishschools!

There is no national levelcurriculum of informatics!

Informatics Education and Contests in Finland


Informatics education in finnish schools national curriculum1

InformaticsEducation in FinnishSchools – National Curriculum

  • informatics is mentioned in ”thematicgroupsubject” tehnology

    • pupilslearn to usedifferenttechnicaldevices and programs

    • pupilsunderstandethicalquestionsconcerningtechnology

    • pupilscanvaluetechnicalquestions for the future

  • … onlyprinciples, no precisedefinitions of whatskillspupilsshouldhave

Informatics Education and Contests in Finland


Informatics education in finnish schools

InformaticsEducation in FinnishSchools

  • recommendations of a workgroup (2003)

    • defineswhatpupilsshouldknow of informatics at the end of grades 6 and 9 of comprehensiveschool

    • ”ICT shouldbeused in differentsubjectssothatpupilscanuseinformationtechnologyversatilely in theirstudies”

  • National Strategy of Using ICT at Schools (2010)

    • setsgoals in 8 differentareas of using ICT at schools

    • recommendations of actionsthatshouldbetakenyears 2011-2015

    • estimation of totalcosts 315 millioneuros

    • no funding is yetguaranteed

Informatics Education and Contests in Finland


Informatics education in finnish schools1

InformaticsEducation in FinnishSchools

  • new national curriculums of allsubjectsareunderpreparation

    The firstproposal made lastyeardidn’tincludeinformatics as an individualsubject!

Informatics Education and Contests in Finland


Informatics education in finnish schools comprehensive school

InformaticsEducation in FinnishSchools – ComprehensiveSchool

  • in grades 5-9 schoolscanhaveoptionalsubjects

  • in manyschoolsinformatics is an optionalsubject in grades 8 and 9

  • there’s no national levelcurriculum for thesestudies… so in practiseeveryteachercandecidewhat to doduringtheselessons

Informatics Education and Contests in Finland


Informatics education in finnish schools comprehensive school1

InformaticsEducation in Finnish Schools – Comprehensive School

  • usuallytheseoptionalstudiesinclude

    • using common officeapplications: presentation, textprocessing and spreadsheets

    • internet, webpages

    • securityissues

    • ...

  • sometimes

    • programming

    • computergraphics

Informatics Education and Contests in Finland


Informatics education in finnish schools upper secondary school

InformaticsEducation in Finnish Schools – Upper Secondary School

  • manyuppersecondaryschoolshave no courses of informatics

  • iftherearesuchcourses the topicsaresame as in comprehensiveschool

  • using ICT varies a lot in uppersecondaryschools

  • goal: ICT shouldbeused in someway in matriculationexaminationyear 2014

Informatics Education and Contests in Finland


Informatics contests in finland datastar datat hti

InformaticsContests in Finland – Datastar (datatähti)

  • organisedby science and mathematicsteacher association (MAOL) and Finnishuniversities

  • firstheld 1991

  • originally 2 agegroups

    • secondaryschoolpupils

    • uppersecondaryschoolstudents

  • after 2006 onlyoneagegroup

  • 10 beststudentsget a studentplace in certainuniversities

  • beststudentsalsoformFinnishteams in BalticOlympiad in Informatics and Olympiad in Informatics

Informatics Education and Contests in Finland


Informatics contests in finland datastar

InformaticsContests in Finland – Datastar

  • tasks

    • essays on informatics (2-4)

    • programmingtasks (2-4)

  • participants in lastyears

  • http://www.maol.fi/kilpailut/neljan-tieteen-kisat/datatahti/ (in Finnish)

2002: 302003: 282004: 262005: 342006: 242007: 272008: 332009: 432010: 15

Informatics Education and Contests in Finland


Informatics contests in finland beaver contest

InformaticsContests in Finland – Beaver-contest

Informatics Education and Contests in Finland


Informatics contests in finland beaver contest1

InformaticsContests in Finland – Beaver-contest

  • www.majava-kilpailu.fi(somepartsalso in English)

  • organisedfirsttimelastyear

  • 1472 participantsfrom 42 schools

    • Benjamin: 481 pupils (215 girls)

    • Junior: 938 pupils (272 girls)

    • Senior: 53 students (5 girls)

  • Best scores

    • Benjamin: 156/162

    • Junior: 163/172

    • Senior: 168/168 (6 students)

Informatics Education and Contests in Finland


Informatics contests in finland beaver contest age groups

InformaticsContests in Finland – Beaver-contest – AgeGroups

grades 8-9

grades 4-7

Informatics Education and Contests in Finland


Informatics contests in finland beaver contest benjamin

InformaticsContests in Finland – Beaver-contest: Benjamin

  • mostdifficulttask:”Whoate the jam” – 14 % rightanswers

  • easiesttasks:”Stack of Plates” - 74 % rightanswers”WaterSupply” - 71 % rightanswers

  • ”Email: Updateyour data” – only 40 % rightanswers

Informatics Education and Contests in Finland


Informatics contests in finland beaver contest junior

InformaticsContests in Finland – Beaver-contest: Junior

  • mostdifficulttask”Whoate the jam?” – 16 % rightanswers

  • easiesttasks”Error in statistics” – 75 % rightanswers”BeaverBook” – 71 % rightanswers

Informatics Education and Contests in Finland


Informatics contests in finland beaver contest senior

InformaticsContests in Finland – Beaver-contest: Senior

  • mostdifficulttask”Paintingdoors” – 42 % rightanswers”XO” – 53 %

  • easiesttasks”Beaver in hiscanoe” – 94 % rightanswers”Encodingpictures” – 83 %

Informatics Education and Contests in Finland


Informatics contests in finland beaver contest2

InformaticsContests in Finland – Beaver-contest

  • choosing the questionswasquitedifficult as informatics is not a subject in Finnishschools

  • apparentrisk is focusing on general problemsolvingskills

  • somepupils (Benjamin, Junior) apparently ”guessed” all the answers

  • most Senior participantswerefromuppersecondaryschoolsspecialised in mathematicalstudies

Informatics Education and Contests in Finland


Informatics education and contests in finland

Timo Poranen

University of Tampere

[email protected]

Juha Vartiainen

[email protected]

Informatics Education and Contests in Finland


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