Culturally Relevant Computer Science Pedagogy: From Theory to Practice

Tia C. Madkins, Alexis Martin, Jean Ryoo, Kimberly A. Scott, Joanna Goode, Allison Scott, Frieda McAlear

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Abstract

Recent initiatives to broaden participation in computing aim to provide increased computer science (CS) access and opportunity for underrepresented K-12 students. Researchers have identified challenges related to teaching CS courses in sways that ensure underrepresented student populations are engaged, interested, and motivated to participate in computing coursework, including making course content relevant to students' lives and interests. An emerging area of scholarship proposes merging culturally relevant pedagogy with CS in order to develop engaging and rigorous computing instruction for diverse groups of students. Much of this work has been theoretical rather than practical; thus, we present case studies of three programs to describe practice-based examples of culturally relevant computer science teaching and learning. Consistent themes across the instructional practices we share include engagement and relevance; confidence and identity; and social justice. These foundational practical applications of culturally relevant CS education can inform efforts to enhance engagement, preparation, participation, and persistence in computing for underrepresented students toward successfully addressing inclusion, diversity, and equity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2019
EditorsJamie Payton, Tiffany Barnes, Nicki Washington, Felesia Stukes, Alan Peterfreund
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728108216
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2019
Event4th Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2019 - Minneapolis, United States
Duration: Feb 27 2019 → …

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2019 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2019

Conference

Conference4th Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMinneapolis
Period2/27/19 → …

Keywords

  • CS education
  • case studies
  • culturally relevant computing
  • diversity
  • equity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence

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