Do You Speak Python? Coding as a Second Language

3-Star learning experiences

Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen


Should children learn to code[1], starting at a young age? We don’t really think so, but there are others who believe it to be absolutely critical. It really doesn’t matter very much what we or others think as both sides of the discussion are nothing more and nothing less than opinions. As far as we know there hasn’t been any real research on this topic and until we have some evidence on this, no one is right or wrong.

But, no matter whether you believe that it’s important to teach children how to code or not, what does matter is that, if you teach children or young adults how to code, you need to do it well.

Like Tony Jenkins said back in 2002:

If computing educators are ever to truly develop a learning environment where all the students learn to program…

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