Computer science education for what purpose? Some perspectives

Reading Time: 4 minutes As we’re coming to the end of Black History Month in the USA this year, we’ve been amazed by the variety of work the computing education community is doing to address inequities in their classrooms. For our part, we have learned a huge amount about equitable STEM and computer science (CS) education from the community,…… Continue reading Computer science education for what purpose? Some perspectives

Celebrate Black history this month with code!

Reading Time: 3 minutes For those of us living in the USA, February is Black History Month, our month-long celebration of Black history. This is an occasion to highlight the amazing accomplishments of Black Americans through time. Simply put, the possibilities are endless! Black history touches every area of our lives, and it is so important that we seize…… Continue reading Celebrate Black history this month with code!

The Roots project: Implementing culturally responsive computing teaching in schools in England

Reading Time: 5 minutes Since last year, we have been investigating culturally relevant pedagogy and culturally responsive teaching in computing education. This is an important part of our research to understand how to make computing accessible to all young people. We are now continuing our work in this area with a new project called Roots, bridging our research team…… Continue reading The Roots project: Implementing culturally responsive computing teaching in schools in England

Engaging Black students in computing at UK schools — interview with Joe Arday

Reading Time: 7 minutes On the occasion of Black History Month UK, we speak to Joe Arday, Computer Science teacher at Woodbridge High School in Essex, UK, about his experiences in computing education, his thoughts about underrepresentation of Black students in the subject, and his ideas about what needs to be done to engage more Black students. To start…… Continue reading Engaging Black students in computing at UK schools — interview with Joe Arday

Engaging Black students in computing at school — interview with Lynda Chinaka

Reading Time: 10 minutes On the occasion of Black History Month UK, we speak to Lynda Chinaka, Senior Lecturer in Computing in Education at the University of Roehampton, about her experiences in computing education, her thoughts about underrepresentation of Black students in the subject, and her ideas about what needs to be done to engage more Black students. Lynda,…… Continue reading Engaging Black students in computing at school — interview with Lynda Chinaka

Delivering a culturally relevant computing curriculum: new guide for teachers

Reading Time: 7 minutes In computing education, designing equitable and authentic learning experiences requires a conscious effort to take into account the characteristics of all learners and their social environments. Doing this allows teachers to address topics that are relevant to a diverse range of learners. To support computing and computer science teachers with this work, we’re now sharing…… Continue reading Delivering a culturally relevant computing curriculum: new guide for teachers

Our new SIGCSE Special Project on culturally relevant resources for computing

Reading Time: 5 minutes Over the last 20 years, researchers and educators have increasingly aimed to develop computing curricula that are culturally responsive and relevant. Designing equitable and authentic learning experiences in computing requires conscious effort to take into account the characteristics of learners and their social environments, in order to address topics that are relevant to a diverse…… Continue reading Our new SIGCSE Special Project on culturally relevant resources for computing

What does equity-focused teaching mean in computer science education?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Today, I discuss the second research seminar in our series of six free online research seminars focused on diversity and inclusion in computing education, where we host researchers from the UK and USA together with the Royal Academy of Engineering. By diversity, we mean any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people…… Continue reading What does equity-focused teaching mean in computer science education?

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