The Potential for an Object-Oriented Model of Learning
Julie Youm, John Black, Teachers College, Columbia University, United States
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Washington, DC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-54-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
This study explores the potential for applying Object-oriented programming characteristics as constructivist aids to everyday cognition and learning beyond programming tasks. The theoretical approach in this study was to consider the characteristics of an object and determine if they improved the observation skills of fifth graders. During a curriculum about the plant lifecycle, students were given observation questions that focused on either object characteristics in the Object-oriented group (N=9) or the scientific method in the Control group (N=8). A post-test task to draw a plant at the end of the curriculum showed that there was no statistical differences found between the two groups. However, interesting findings about the nature of the observations between the two groups include a greater number of total labels and a greater number of property and relationship labels in the plant drawings by the Object-oriented group. Further research in applying Object-orientation to thinking is implicated.
Youm, J. & Black, J. (2004). The Potential for an Object-Oriented Model of Learning. In J. Nall & R. Robson (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2004--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1583-1586). Washington, DC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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