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This paper discusses the suitability of the qualitative research approach to computer science education research. It is based on the following two observations: First, only a small proportion of works presented in the computer science education literature contain some experimental component (Fincher and Petre, 2004; Valentine, 2004). Second, those research… (More)
The study presented in this paper explores junior high school students' comprehension of basic OO concepts. It summarizes major (mis)conceptions demonstrated by the students in two main categories: confusion of (1) taxonomic and (2) partonomic hierarchies with classes, objects and their interrelations.