Title: From elements of informatics to information technology across the curriculum: the Polish approach

Authors: Maciej M. Syslo

Addresses: Institute of Computer Science, University of Wroclaw, Przesmyckiego, 20, 51 V151 Wroclaw, Poland

Abstract: We review the situation in Polish schools (at the beginning of 1999) with regard to the role computers and information technology play in the curriculum and in school activities. A separate school subject, elements of informatics (EI), has been a part of the curriculum in Poland for the last thirteen years. It has been taught in elementary schools (years 1-8) and in high schools (years 9-12). Occasionally, teachers have also used computers as a teaching aid. In 1997, a national initiative was launched by the Ministry of Education, as a result of which in the near future Polish education system will prepare students for the information society and will be oriented towards integrating computers and IT with learning and the teaching of various subjects.

Keywords: curriculum policy; national program; teacher education; informatics versus information technology; Poland.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2001.000416

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2001 Vol.11 No.4/5/6, pp.523-533

Published online: 16 Jul 2003 *

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