The Challenging Face of Informatics Education in Poland
In this paper, a learning and teaching framework is described which is aimed at increasing student interest in studying computer science as a discipline, or at least in better understanding how a computer and its tools work and can be used in solving problems which may occur in different areas.
In the beginning of information education in Poland, in the mid 80’s, the informatics curricula for schools and teaching were focused on computer science. Then, in the beginning of the 90’s, with the growing popularity and wide use of end-user friendly software, the emphasis in education has moved from computer science to information technology, from constructing computer solutions to using ready-made tools, from computer science for some students to information technology for all. We demonstrate here, however, how teaching and learning information technology can be used to enhance algorithmic and computational thinking in solving with computers, problems which arise in various school subjects, learning disciplines and in real life.
We strongly believe that the learning methodology presented here, about computer use by students and applying computers and information technology to solving problems, would be a good motivation and preparation for their future decisions to study computing and become computer specialists.
KeywordsInformation Technology Computer Science Knapsack Problem Problem Situation Computer Science Department
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