A Programmer’s Take on Conceptual Learning

The important thing to take away from this post is to note that big-picture, conceptual learning is superordinate to rote memorization. I think that most of us realize this in theory, but it is seldom applied in practice. The article might not be particularly interesting on the surface, as the author is talking about computer programming, but if you can read between the lines, it’s pretty solid.

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2 responses to “A Programmer’s Take on Conceptual Learning

  1. “The article might not be particularly interesting on the surface, as the author is talking about computer programming…”
    Heresy! Fascinating article, though we shouldn’t discount the value of structured learning when you have to maintain the software in question. Self-taught programming is indeed a blast, and usually more fun than imposed learning, but it also creates cowboys and “clever” solutions. Let curiosity light the spark, and then learn how to write robust software.

    • I was able to identify with this article because I have been (very, very slowly) teaching myself command line syntax on the Mac, as well as R, and eventually Python. Along the way, I have figured some things out for myself as a result of drawing and building upon previously learned bits (no pun intended). I guess what I meant to say in the blog was that the article might not be particularly interesting on the surface to most people; reading deeper, though, makes it more universally appealing. Thanks for reading, and thanks for the thought!

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