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ERIC Number: EJ839078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1038-2046
Geography Olympiads in Estonia
Liiber, Ulle; Roosaare, Juri
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v16 n3 p293-298 Aug 2007
The Olympiad movement has a long history in Estonia, and the national system developed several decades ago. The first Olympiad for gifted and talented students was held in mathematics in 1950. Now there are more than 20 different fields of competition for basic school and gymnasium students. In 2005/2006, Estonian teams participated in 18 International Olympiads or competitions. The "Gifted and Talented Development Centre" at the University of Tartu, which developed out from the "Science School," coordinates all work involving the Olympiads. This Centre is becoming increasingly integrated with the Estonian e-University, using methods of e-learning and giving challenging opportunities for all interested pupils. The Olympiads are not only a challenge for the gifted and talented students but receive high evaluations from most students and teachers at the school level and even from other educational institutions. The winners of the National Olympiad and all the participants in the International Olympiads are entitled to enter Tartu University without further competition for student positions. This is a serious stimulus for gymnasium students. Several participants in the Geography Olympiads have become well-known geographers in Estonia. Geography teachers whose students compete in the final round are mostly famous and acknowledged specialists. Often their work with gifted students is rewarded in one way or another. Many tasks from the Olympiad are used in classroom work to diversify the teaching-learning process. Therefore, the Geography Olympiad is a development engine not only for students but also for school geography in general. This article describes the organisation, structure and content of Geography Olympiads. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Estonia