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INFORMATICS IN EDUCATION

ISSN 1648-5831

© Vilnius University Institute of Mathematics and Informatics

2016, Vol. 15, No. 1
pp. 25-44

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15388/infedu.2016.02

Bebras - a Sustainable Community Building Model
for the Concept Based Learning of Informatics
and Computational Thinking

Valentina DAGIENĖ, Gabrielė STUPURIENĖ

Vilnius University, Institute of Mathematics and Informatics
Akademijos str. 4, LT-08663 Vilnius, Lithuania


Abstract

As an international informatics contest, or challenge, Bebras has started the second decade of its existence. The contest attracts more and more countries every year, recently there have been over 40 participating countries. From a single contest-focused annual event Bebras developed to a multifunctional challenge and an activities-based educational community building model. This paper aims to introduce the Bebras model using ten years of observations in implementing the contest in different countries. The model is essentially based on democratic and inclusive education values. Systematic literature review of research papers concerning Bebras activities has made an integral background for this model. The model is represented both at international and national levels and consists of several components where the development of Bebras tasks has taken a very significant role. Reasoning on innovated learning informatics and strengthening computational thinking by utilising carefully selected informatics concepts is discussed as well.

Keywords:

Bebras challenge, computational thinking, contest, democratic education, informatics concepts, informatics education, systematic literature review.




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