Youths Teaching Youths: Learning to Code as an Example of Interest-Driven Learning
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy Volume 57, Number 5, ISSN 1081-3004
This column examines a case study focusing on web design as an example of interest-driven learning and the acquisition of (digital media) literacies. A summer workshop was offered at a working-class public library, led by a self-taught seventeen year old girl. Nine students (ages 8-16) learned basic HTML and CSS and designed their own websites in a three week course. The workshop was grounded in an interest-driven approach to learning that focused on participants' identities and passions. Code was presented as a way they could express their interests and share them with a wider audience. In addition to learning digital media literacies, participants also practiced problem solving skills, creative thinking, and collaboration. The structure was informal and encouraged experimentation, failure, play, and mentorship. After the workshop, seven out of the nine participants expressed an interest in further pursuing code and a newfound interest in computers and technology.
Vickery, J. (2014). Youths Teaching Youths: Learning to Code as an Example of Interest-Driven Learning. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 57(5), 361-365.