When intuition and logic clash: The case of the object-oriented paradigm

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This paper presents difficulties illustrated by software development practitioners with regard to the use and understanding of concepts and principles of the object-oriented paradigm. In order to understand these difficulties and the sources from which they stem, a theoretical framework borrowed from cognitive psychology, called the dual-process theory, was used. The empirical findings, collected using tools based on the qualitative research approach and analyzed through the lens of the dual-process theory, suggest that a tension between intuitive and logical thinking modes may lead to simple mistakes software engineers exhibit when practicing object-oriented analysis and design (OOA/D). Examining the understanding of OOA/D from this perspective helps explain some of the previously documented, as well as some newly identified difficulties in learning and practicing OOA/D, as well as guide the design of future quantitative experiments to understand how prevalent these phenomena are. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.




Hadar, I. (2013). When intuition and logic clash: The case of the object-oriented paradigm. Science of Computer Programming, 78(9), 1407–1426. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scico.2012.10.006

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