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Title: A radical approach to teaching object-oriented programming


1
A radical approach to teaching object-oriented
programming
  • Kate Sanders (PI)
  • Ann Moskol (Co-PI)
  • Rhode Island College

2
The output
  • Approach developed at Brown and adapted
  • Text just out (Sanders van Dam, Addison-Wesley
    2006)
  • Plus labs, groupwork, quizzes

3
How its different
  • Objects, inheritance, and polymorphism early
  • Fun, graphical examples
  • All programs have interacting objects
  • Focus on design

4
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5
Does it work?
  • Four semesters, two different instructors, c. 25
    students/semester
  • Year 1 Adapting and developing materials
  • Year 2 Get the data
  • Gender, major, programming experience
  • Assignments given
  • Copies of all programs and exams submitted

6
Step 2 analysis
  • For each concept, for each program/exam
  • What percentage of students demonstrated
    understanding
  • At what level?
  • Summarize results for semester
  • Compare results by gender/major/programming
    experience

7
Current status
  • Third semester of four
  • Materials 99 done, analysis beginning
  • Suggestions welcome!
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