The nature of an object-oriented program:how do practitioners understand the nature of what they are creating?

Thompson, Errol and Kinshuk, Professor (2011). The nature of an object-oriented program:how do practitioners understand the nature of what they are creating? Computer Science Education, 21 (3), pp. 269-287.

Abstract

Object-oriented programming is seen as a difficult skill to master. There is considerable debate about the most appropriate way to introduce novice programmers to object-oriented concepts. Is it possible to uncover what the critical aspects or features are that enhance the learning of object-oriented programming? Practitioners have differing understandings of the nature of an object-oriented program. Uncovering these different ways of understanding leads to agreater understanding of the critical aspects and their relationship tothe structure of the program produced. A phenomenographic studywas conducted to uncover practitioner understandings of the nature of an object-oriented program. The study identified five levels of understanding and three dimensions of variation within these levels. These levels and dimensions of variation provide a framework for fostering conceptual change with respect to the nature of an object-oriented program.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/08993408.2011.607010
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Computer Science
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Thompson, E & Kinshuk 2011, 'The nature of an object-oriented program: how do practitioners understand the nature of what they are creating?', Computer science education, vol 21, no. 3, pp. 269-287.. Computer Science Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0899-3408&volume=21&issue=3&spage=269
Uncontrolled Keywords: perception,understanding,program structure,critical aspects,phenomenography,object-oriented,programming,Education,Computer Science(all)
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Published Date: 2011-09-15
Authors: Thompson, Errol ( 0000-0002-6270-2791)
Kinshuk, Professor

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