How computer coding can increase engagement, provide a purpose for learning

By Annie Murphy Paul – Learning to write lines of code can seem, to many students, like a pointless exercise in tedium.

“When tasks are likely to be experienced as tedious or uninteresting — as many repetitive, foundational, skill-building math and science tasks are in the U.S. — it can be helpful to focus on creating meaning,” writes Angela Duckworth, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

When instructors supply a satisfying answer to students’ pressing question — “Why does this matter?” — engagement, motivation and persistence take care of themselves. more>

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