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Understanding Computer Programming as a Literacy

Vee, Annette (2013) Understanding Computer Programming as a Literacy. Literacy in Composition Studies, 1 (2). 42 - 64.

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Since the 1960s, computer scientists and enthusiasts have paralleled computer programming to literacy, arguing it is a generalizable skill that should be more widely taught and held. Launching from that premise, this article leverages historical and social findings from literacy studies to frame computer programming as “computational literacy.” I argue that programming and writing have followed similar historical trajectories as material technologies and explain how they are intertwined in contemporary composition environments. A concept of “computational literacy” helps us to better understand the social, technical and cultural dynamics of programming, but it also enriches our vision of twenty-first century composition.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Vee, Annetteannettevee@pitt.eduADV17
Date: 31 October 2013
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Literacy in Composition Studies
Volume: 1
Number: 2
Page Range: 42 - 64
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: literacy, computers, computer, programming, history, code, multimodal, composition, digital, media
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Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2014 22:33
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2018 14:03


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