Older Adults Learning Computer Programming: Motivations, Frustrations, and Design Opportunities

論文URL:http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=3025453.3025945

論文アブストラクト:Computer programming is a highly in-demand skill, but most learn-to-code initiatives and research target some of the youngest members of society: children and college students. We present the first known study of older adults learning computer programming. Using an online survey with 504 respondents aged 60 to 85 who are from 52 different countries, we discovered that older adults were motivated to learn to keep their brains challenged as they aged, to make up for missed opportunities during youth, to connect with younger family members, and to improve job prospects. They reported frustrations including a perceived decline in cognitive abilities, lack of opportunities to interact with tutors and peers, and trouble dealing with constantly-changing software technologies. Based on these findings, we propose a learner-centered design of techniques and tools for motivating older adults to learn programming and discuss broader societal implications of a future where more older adults have access to computer programming -- not merely computer literacy -- as a skill set.

日本語のまとめ:

コンピュータプログラミングを学ぶ高齢者は少ない。その理由は、高齢者の認知能力の低下に次々に変わっていくソフトウェアが対応していないからだ。本稿ではプログラムを学ぶ高齢者についてその動機を調査した。

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