ERIC Number: EJ1179880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Putting Making into High School Computer Science Classrooms: Promoting Equity in Teaching and Learning with Electronic Textiles in "Exploring Computer Science"
Fields, Deborah Ann; Kafai, Yasmin; Nakajima, Tomoko; Goode, Joanna; Margolis, Jane
Equity & Excellence in Education, v51 n1 p21-35 2018
Recent discussions of making have focused on developing out-of-school makerspaces and activities to provide more equitable and enriching learning opportunities for youth. Yet school classrooms present a unique opportunity to help broaden access, diversify representation, and deepen participation in making. In turning to classrooms, we want to understand the crucial practices that teachers employ in broadening and deepening access to making. In this article, we investigate two high school teachers' approaches in implementing a novel eight-week, electronic textiles unit within the "Exploring Computer Science" curriculum, where students designed wearable electronic textile projects with microcontrollers, sensors, and LEDs. We share teachers' emergent practices in transforming their classrooms into makerspaces, including valuing student expertise and promoting connections in personalized work. We discuss the ways these practices succeeded in broadening access to making while deepening participation in computing and establishing home-school connections.
Descriptors: High School Students, Computer Science Education, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities, Secondary School Teachers, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services, Access to Education, Equal Education, Textiles Instruction, Observation, Focus Groups, Student Projects
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1509245