Teaching algorithmics for informatics olympiads: The French method

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  • Article: Teaching algorithmics for informatics olympiads: The French method
  • Author(s): Arthur Charguéraud, Mathias Hiron
  • Journal: Olympiads in Informatics 2 (2008), 48-63

Abstract: This paper describes a training curriculum which combines discovery learning and instructional teaching, to develop both problem solving skills and knowledge of classic algorithms. It consists of multiple series of exercises specifically designed to teach students to solve problems on their own or with the help of automated hints and intermediate problems. Each exercise is followed by a detailed solution similar to a lecture, and synthesis documents are presented at the end of every series. The paper then presents a structured problem solving method that is taught to the students throughout this curriculum, and that students can apply to organize their thoughts and find algorithms.

Keywords: teaching algorithmics, problem solving techniques, guided discovery learning

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