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Studentsperformance on programming-related tasks in an informatics contest in Finland, Sweden and Lithuania
Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Abo Akademi, Turku, Finland.
University of of Tampere, Tampere, Finland.
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
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2014 (English)In: ITICSE 2014 - Proceedings of the 2014 Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education Conference, Association for Computing Machinery , 2014, 153-158 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The ways in which informatics is covered in K-12 education vary among European countries. In Finland and Sweden, informatics is not included in the core curriculum, whereas, for example, in Lithuania, all students are exposed to some informatics concepts starting in the fifth grade. Bebras is an annually arranged international informatics contest for K-12 level, resulting in a large collection of data about contestants and their results. In this paper, we analyse contest data from the Finnish, Swedish and Lithuanian 2013 contests, focusing on studentsperformance on tasks related to algorithmic thinking. Our findings suggest that despite coming from different educational systems, students perform rather similarly on the tasks. The same tasks are difficult and the thinking behind picking an incorrect answer seems rather similar throughout the countries. The analysis also points out that there is a lack of easy questions - this needs to be fixed in order to not risk scaring students away. Copyright © 2014 ACM.

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Association for Computing Machinery , 2014. 153-158 p.
Keyword [en]
Algorithmic Thinking; Contests; Data Structures; Informatics Education; Programming
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Computer and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-116792DOI: 10.1145/2591708.2591760Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84904462025ISBN: 9781450328333 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-116792DiVA: diva2:801586
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2014 Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education Conference, ITICSE 2014
Available from: 2015-04-09 Created: 2015-04-02 Last updated: 2015-04-20

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