[Edu-sig] Research on best language to use for teaching beginners

Andre Roberge andre.roberge at gmail.com
Wed Sep 30 20:50:41 CEST 2015

Hi everyone,

Google has failed me, and I'm hoping that someone on this list could help...

About a year or two ago, I read a study comparing different programming
languages used for beginners.   I believe there were at least four
different languages that had been looked at, one of which was Python.   I
also believe that the (main) author including their newly created language
as comparison.

As I recall, the author looked at the reading comprehension (and writing
ability?) demonstrated by the students for basic programming structures.
One thing that jumped at me was that one of the structures used by Python
(likely the for loop) was not very understood by the students.

I'd appreciate if anyone could turn the above poor description into an
actual link to the actual article I'm attempting to describe!  ;-)

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