Culturally Responsive and Equity-Focused Computer Science Professional Development

Diane Codding, Chrystalla Mouza, Lori Pollock, Scott C. Sheridan

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The field of computer science continues to lack diversity, which has led to new efforts toward increasing access to computer science among all students. In order to address the underrepresentation of minoritized youth in computer science, we developed and delivered a culturally responsive and equity-focused computer science professional development model for helping teachers apply culturally relevant pedagogy alongside computer science principles within their classrooms. This paper focuses on how teachers experienced and processed this infusion of culturally relevant pedagogy into computer science professional development. Findings suggest that a teacher's context and experiences influence the ways in which they conceptualize culturally relevant pedagogy and plan to implement it into their classrooms.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2019
EditorsKevin Graziano
Place of PublicationLas Vegas, NV, United States
PublisherAssociation for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


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