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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

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Timo Poranen

University of Tampere

[email protected]

Juha Vartiainen

[email protected]

Informatics Education and Contests in Finland

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