This post is about the significant points and arguments I found in Andrea diSessa's book
Things for Meeting
- Discuss the comparison of computational literacy hierarchy with other literacy hierarchy
- Computational literacy is unique in that the content created is consumed in a different way i.e. With language literacy:
- Literary actions: reading / writing
- Creation action : writing
- Consumption action : reading With computation literacy
- Literary actions: reading / writing code
- Creation: write "code"
- Consumption: read "code" / consume application
- More like scientific literacy
- Can you pay for my CSTA-13 registration ?
- The World of Functions as a Function
- Designing event based languages on the argument that they are more intuivitive.
- Is teaching the "everything is a function philosophy" worth it ?
- How much harder is it in comparison ?
- Can it be a literacy extendable to arts who don't necessarily understand that they are doing math?
- What do kids instinctively know, what can be elaborated on to make it clear and what has to be taught anew ?
- Can this philosophy be compatible with state based computational approaches? for e.g. programming a robot.
- The tick model provides a good analogy to calculus i.e. looking at unit step intervals that make up a larger process (process is not the correct word)
- Lambda calculus provides a better mapping to algebra in my opinion.
- The notational significance of the dx/dy notation vs Newton's notation is emphasized. Seems to the be the most common example.
- Scientific communities are tool-rich cultures. Education does not seem to be.
- Algebra, calculus, tables are representational tools.
- Tools are abandoned as better tools come to forth.
- Tools in schoool tend be an end in thomselves and are related to outcomes like "doing well in school"
- Need to understand p-prims better.
- Half a literacy is not enough to be revisited
- The idea of teachers creating content is great
- p-prim : phenomenological primitives
Books to Read:
- How People Learn
- Turtle Geometry
- Windows on Mathematical Learning - Richard Noss and Celia Hoile
- Three papers on young people's learning