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Towards a learner-centred approach to teaching object-oriented design

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2 Author(s)
Gibbon, C.A. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Nottingham Univ., UK ; Higgins, C.A.

Recently, the problems attributed to reaching object-oriented design (OOD) have been likened to those encountered when applying it. The current waterfall approach to teaching OOD adopts a “lecture, apply and assess” curriculum that leaves little scope for feedback using iterative and recursive mechanisms touted by object-oriented techniques. The paper reports on a learner-centred approach to teaching object technology at the University of Nottingham, UK. The differences between object-oriented and teaching methods are amplified and a solution expressed in the form of quality enhancing techniques. Design heuristics are employed to pinpoint design anomalies and suggest reparative mechanisms to enhance product quality. A prototypical tool that implements the current catalogue of automatable design heuristics is outlined and progress towards it given

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Software Engineering Conference, 1996. Proceedings., 1996 Asia-Pacific

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4-7 Dec 1996