gregbo (gregbo) wrote,

learning how to program computers

I happened upon a blog from a high school CS teacher who mused on whether it was possible for a test to determine whether someone might have a difficult time learning how to program computers, or find it impossible. Apparently, two Middlesex University (London UK) researchers have developed such a test that they feel is highly predictive.

I have very little experience teaching people how to program computers who have no other similar skill, so I can't really speak to the validity of the research. However, I share the belief of the teacher that everyone who wants to learn how to program should be able to do so provided that they're taught properly (and don't have some kind of learning disability). I also appreciated one of the comments in the blog that speculated that the test might measure someone's model of reality and that it might be a better indicator of a vocational preference.
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