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OLYMPIADS IN INFORMATICS, 2012, Vol. 6, 218-225
© Institute of Mathematics and Informatics,

ISSN 1822-7732

Israel: The Regional Competition and Teacher Involvement

Ela ZUR, Tamar BENAYA, Oren BECKER, David GINAT

The Open University of Israel, Computer Science Department 108 Ravutzky st. Raanana, 43107, Israel Einstein Institute of Mathematics Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 91904 Jerusalem, Israel Tel-Aviv University, Science Education Department Ramat Aviv, 69978 Tel-Aviv, Israel E-mail: {ela, tamar}@openu.ac.il}, oren.becker@mail.huji.ac.il, ginat@post.tau.ac.il

Abstract

During the last year, the Israeli ministry of education increased its support to the Israeli IOI project. The primary goals of the increased support were to expose the project to a wider audience of high school students and to expand the team selection and training process. The team selection process involves several stages. The two early stages are: students' early preparation and a regional competition. We present here several questions of the regional competition, which require only numeric answers without algorithms or explanations. We then display the results of a survey, conducted among our high-school teachers, of their attitudes and involvement in the project's early stages. The results shed light on the teachers' views of the project's regional competition, task characteristics, school selection, student preparation, and more.

Keywords:

regional competition, teachers attitudes


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