mark at livecode.com
Mon Jun 20 12:58:49 EDT 2016
On 2016-06-20 16:38, Richmond wrote:
> Thank you very much indeed for the comprehensive reply.
> I shall deal with the children's confusion by using neither 'object'
> or 'control' and
> just refer to buttons, fields and so on.
> I know this is dodging the issue; but I can see no other way round it
> at the moment.
That seems entirely reasonable!
At the end of the day it is no different from the techniques I've
observed myself being used used to teach many other what-you-might-call
In Mathematics, we are taught 'Calculus' as almost a purely symbolic
mechanism first (usually at age 17-18 in the UK) which comes with a
whole load of 'edge cases' you just have to accept and then only in
later years is it 're-explained' based on the epsilon-delta arguments of
'Analysis' (usually at first year degree level). (Amusingly I remember
having real trouble getting my head around the idea of epsilon-delta
arguments - my head had been so entrenched in the computably finite
world of computing at that point that 'tending to a limit' seemed a
somewhat impossible notion).
Similarly, I remember my first A-level Chemistry class (age 17) where we
were told - "all you have been told up until now has been 'lies'" in
particular with relation to the structure of the atom and bonding.
Mark Waddingham ~ mark at livecode.com ~ http://www.livecode.com/
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