Alignment of goals and perceptions of computing predicts students’ sense of belonging in computing

Colleen Lewis, Paul Bruno, Jonathan Raygoza, Julia Wang

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Abstract

The lack of diversity has been a troubling issue for the field of computing. As the industry continues to expand, it is imperative that diversity levels in computing fields increase to fill the ever-growing number of computing jobs and to represent the technological needs of a diverse populace. Our research seeks to better understand the factors that lead to this lack of diversity by analyzing data from computing majors from colleges within the United States and Canada. Our study reveals that students of different demographic backgrounds have varying levels of communal values, which, depending on how they perceive the affordance of computing to fulfill such values, predict their sense of belonging in computing, which is an important predictor of student retention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICER 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages11-19
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781450361859
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 30 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event15th Annual International Computing Education Research Conference, ICER 2019 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: Aug 12 2019Aug 14 2019

Publication series

NameICER 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research

Conference

Conference15th Annual International Computing Education Research Conference, ICER 2019
CountryCanada
CityToronto
Period8/12/198/14/19

Keywords

  • Belonging
  • Communal goals
  • Diversity
  • Inclusion
  • Social impact

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Education
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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