A new, probably the first, research study on people of the age of 60+ that is learning to code, has been published by the cognitive scientist, Philip Guo at University of California, San Diego. It is based on a survey that included 504 users of pythontutor.com between the ages of 60 and 85 from 52 different countries. The results show on what motivated older adults to learn coding was both age-related and non-age-related reasons. In concern of the former 22 percent claimed they want to make up for missed opportunities during youth and 19 percent want to keep their brains “challenged, fresh and sharp” as they age. 14 percent mentioned to include seeking continuing education for a current job and 9 percent wanting to improve future job prospects, these relate to reasons not related to age. 19 percent claimed that they were planning a specific hobby project within the field, while 8 percent wanted to learn to teach others to code. Bad pedagogy and lack of real-world relevance were two of the main errors in the education. Assistant professor Guo comments: “At one time, 1000 years ago, most people didn’t read or write – just some monks and select professionals could do it. I think in the future people will need to read and write in computer language as well. In the meantime, more could benefit from learning how to code.” Source: EurekAlert
The benefits of learning to code at old adult age, new research from UC
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