Studying Students' Difficulties in an OOP Course based on BlueJ

S. Xinogalos, M. Sartatzemi, and V. Dagdilelis (Greece)


Object-oriented programming, educational programming environment, students’ difficulties


This paper attempts to study students’ difficulties when they are introduced to OOP with the teaching proposal of Kölling & Barnes, that is teaching OOP with the help of BlueJ and the lessons proposed in their book "Objects First with Java: A practical introduction using BlueJ". The extensive presentation of difficulties aims at assisting teachers in designing and implementing didactic situations for a more effective use of the BlueJ environment and the proposed lessons.

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