Stephen Downes

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Felienne Hermans wonders why her Saturday students are being frustrated by computer programming and concludes that they need to learn code. Her discussion of how they do this offers a good dose of cognitive load theory. Now I am no fan of cognitive load theory but I am a fan of reading code, and I view it very differently, and specifically, as a matter of pattern recognition. The difference, it seems to me, is a bit like the difference between focusing on the syntax and focusing on function. Now we don't need to go deep into this discussion here; what the article made me think of is what we 'see' when we read things - whether words in English, functions in computer code, clues in a criminal investigation. "You look, Doctor Watson, but you do not see."

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