Teaching students how programmers think.
Dastyni Loksa is a Ph.D. candidate from the University of Washington Information school. He has worked for several technology companies including VeriSign, Bandai Namco, and Signio and brings a perspective of computer science primarily as an opportunity for innovation and beneficial cultural impact. He believes computer science is an inherently creative discipline and that the field would benefit greatly by facilitating the inclusion of creative thinkers who might otherwise pursue fields like art or design. To this end, his research is focused on understanding how programmers think while solving programming problems and how we might explicitly teach problem solving for programming. He has investigated how programmers’ metacognition (thinking about their own problem solving process) develops and how it impacts their programming success. He has also found that teaching a problem solving framework for how to think about programming problems and scaffolding practice using it creates more productive, independent, and confident students. He has published research at the International Computing Education Research (ICER), Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), and Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI) conferences.