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Friday, July 15, 2016

The Problem with Thinking You Know

Very key and interesting teaching conundrum.  I will be working with a varied group of students this fall, and the situation has come to mind.    by Bertand Meyer:

" ... The human mind is flexible; when taught well, many people can learn many subjects. But there is one case of absolute impossibility: you cannot learn something if you think you already know it -- and do not. ...  " 

Sounds obvious, but its not unless you make a point of measuring it.  But then how do you measure this understanding without a perfect test?

This also relates to management that believe they know something and can't learn otherwise.

Based on his experience teaching introductory programming.    Well worth understanding by anyone who teaches.

Considerable discussion in CACM.

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