Work in progress: A quantitative study of GUI versus text-based object-oriented instruction

Per Andersen, Susan Mengel, Ian Scott-Fleming

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Abstract

Introductory object-oriented programming is considered difficult to teach and a number of different methodologies have been proposed, such as using graphical user interfaces (GUI's). The GUI methodology as reported in the literature is mostly evaluated using a qualitative assessment through the use of student feedback. In contrast, this paper reports on a quantitative study for this methodology so as to provide a more complete evaluation of this teaching approach. The research question for this study is as follows. Is there any difference in learning outcomes between the control group and the test group? Quantitative data was collected from the final exams of each group. The same five multiple choice questions and one open question were placed on the final exam for each group, and the results of the exam questions were statistically analyzed and compared. The results show that there was no negative result using GUI's as a basis for teaching object oriented programming.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages14-15
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)1424402565, 9781424402564
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
Event36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 28 2006Oct 31 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Conference

Conference36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period10/28/0610/31/06

Keywords

  • Object oriented programming
  • Quantitative study

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