The Nature of an Object-Oriented Program: How Do Practitioners Understand the Nature of What They Are Creating?
Computer Science Education Volume 21, Number 3, ISSN 0899-3408
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 a greater understanding of the critical aspects and their relationship tithe structure of the program produced. A phenomenographic study was 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. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.)
Thompson, E. & , K. (2011). The Nature of an Object-Oriented Program: How Do Practitioners Understand the Nature of What They Are Creating?. Computer Science Education, 21(3), 269-287.