Informatics Education - The Bridge Between Using and Understanding Computers: International Conference on Informatics in Secondary Schools - Evolution and Perspectives, ISSEP 2006, Vilnius, Lithuania, November 7-11, 2006, Proceedings

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Roland Mittermeir
Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 30, 2006 - Computers - 318 pages
Although the school system is subject to specific national regulations, didactical issues warrant discussion on an international level. This applies specifically to informatics didactics. In contrast to most other scientific disciplines, informatics undergoes substantial technical and scientific changes and shifts of paradigms even at the basic level taught in secondary school. Moreover, informatics education is under more stringent observation from parents, potential employers, and policy makers than other disciplines. It is considered to be a modern discipline. Hence, being well-educated in informatics seemingly ensures good job perspectives. Further, policy makers pay attention to informatics education, hoping that a young population well-educated in this modern technology will contribute to the future wealth of the nation. But are such high aspirations justified? What should school aim at in order to live up to such expectations? ISSEP 2005, the 1st International Conference on Informatics in Secondary Schools – Evolution and Perspectives already showed that informatics teachers have to bridge a wide gap [1, 2]. On one hand, they have to show the inherent properties that informatics (or computer science) can contribute to general education. On the other hand, they are to make pupils computer literate. Under the constraint of limited time available for instruction, these different educational aims come into conflict. Computer-supported teaching or eLearning is to be considered distinct from informatics education. However, in many countries, informatics teachers still have to support the eTeaching activities of their colleagues.
 

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Contents

ectrum of Informatics Education
1
ting to General Education by Teaching Informatics
25
the Gap Between School Computing and the Real World
38
ning Versus Application
48
s as a Tool of General Education
59
n Various Contexts
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We Lost the
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ig Algorithmics and Programming
104
The Key for Understanding Computer Science
159
Selecting a Programming Environment for a Programming
169
riented Programming at Upper Secondary School
179
Die of ICTEducation
189
lent of an Integrated Informatics Curriculum for K12
199
tion of Informatics Education to Mathematics Education
209
Scoring for Computing Competition Tasks
230
g Local Identity Control and Ownership While Integrating
255

lition to Programme
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es Local Views of Algorithmic Characteristics
127
Computer Programming with Autonomous Robots
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Class Software Engineering for Secondary Education
150
Supporting Learners Selfesteem
279
lent of Modern eLearning Services for Lithuanian Distance
299
Index
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