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


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.

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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:
Uncontrolled Keywords: perception,understanding,program structure,critical aspects,phenomenography,object-oriented,programming,Education,General Computer Science
Publication ISSN: 1744-5175
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Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2012 11:18
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Published Date: 2011-09-15
Authors: Thompson, Errol (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-6270-2791)
Kinshuk, Professor



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