Alan Kay Alan.Kay at squeakland.org
Wed Jul 3 12:16:55 PDT 2002

Edwin --

You might also be interested in the Reggio Emila schools and some of 
their books about learning by authoring at a very young age. One has 
the title: "The Hundred Languages of Children".

I don't think adults who have never programmed are challenged in the 
least by OOP. But the first paradigm that one learns seems to have 
quite a lasting effect these days. It was easier in the early sixties 
when I learned because there were no orthodox machine or language 
architectures, and one had to learn at least 20 or so. This helped 
quite a bit when a new idea came along .... By the end of the 
sixties, all had changed, and data structures and procedures had 
quite taken over.




At 10:58 AM -0700 7/3/02, Edwin Pilobello wrote:
>Authoring, in and of itself, seems to be a major factor in 
>accelerating a child through the various stages of cognition. 
>Certainly, there are many more things a child can learn while 
>creating an eToy.  Visualization, abstraction, construction, etc. 
>are all present in the activity.  In addition, picking up on the 
>concept of OOP, which seem to challenge adults, would probably 
>advantage a child's perception of any subject.
>How would you measure this?

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