Reasoning on the Content of Informatics Education for Beginners

  • Valentina Dagiene Vilnius University
  • Tatjana Jevsikova Vilnius University
Keywords: informatics concepts, informatics fundamentals, teaching informatics, informatics curriculum, information technology

Abstract

The article deals with informatics and/or information technology education for beginners. Since introduction of informatics in schools (either as a separate subject or in an integrated way), the question about its contribution to general education still stays open and finds new responses. Many researchers agree that algorithms and programming concepts are key concepts in informatics education. However, which other concepts must be included in a comprehensive informatics curriculum and how to find a balance between theoretical informatics fundamentals and application levels? It is high importance to provide young generation with skills both to use computer technology and to understand them in more profound way. Finding a common informatics concept model would help to achieve a better result in general informatics education on the national and international levels. Results of the survey of Lithuanian informatics teachers’ opinions on school informatics topics are presented and discussed here. The article concludes with a proposal to harmonize informatics contents on a transnational level.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ss.78.4.3233

Published
2012-12-14
Section
EDUCATION AS A PREMISE FOR WELFARE SOCIETY