RPi online seminar: Moving from equity to justice in computing instruction for youth
February 7 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Moving from equity to justice in computing instruction for youth (7 February 2023)
Dr Jean Salac (University of Washington)
With many countries worldwide integrating Computer Science (CS) and Computational Thinking (CT) instruction at the primary school level, it is crucial that we ensure that computing instruction is effective for all students. In this talk, Jean will present her work in identifying inequities in elementary computing instruction and in developing a learning strategy, TIPP&SEE, to address these inequities. Students using TIPP&SEE demonstrated improved understanding of computing concepts and better code quality in assignments. Further, the gaps between students with and without academic challenges narrowed when using the TIPP&SEE strategy.
Jean will also discuss the next steps for her work, transitioning from improving how young people learn computing to questioning what they learn about computing. While computing has provided society with immense benefits, it has also amplified bias with real-world consequences. Currently, she is exploring how young people may learn to examine technology’s role in their lives and society, and how educators can foster a critical understanding of computing in young people for a more just future.
Dr Jean Salac is a postdoctoral researcher and Computing Innovations Fellow at the University of Washington’s Code & Cognition Lab. Her research interests include computer science education and child–computer interaction, particularly in justice-focused computing for young learners. Her work has won Best Paper at the International Computing Education Research Conference (ICER) and an honourable mention for Best Paper at the conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). Prior to becoming a researcher, she worked in various STEM education spaces, such as museums, policy, and startups.