Meditations on the Performativity of Code
- Monday, October 25, 2021 from 4:10pm to 5:00pm
- Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87536054583?pwd=N3d2UkkvVFFFdkxZWWc1QUw4dDAvQT09
Underrepresentation in computer science currently exists both at the industry level and in the K-12 educational spaces. Over the past decade, a growing number of K-12 literacy courses were developed to increase the numbers of minoritized youth in computer science, and new programming languages and computational tools were developed to support novice learners. Despite an increase in minoritized students taking literacy courses, student numbers in courses such as AP Computer Science A, where curriculum focuses on industry-standard languages, tools, and practices, have remained stagnant across the nation. As the computer science education community begins to move beyond increasing participation to consider the ethical and socio political issues surrounding CS and its role in society, it is also important to analyze the tools and symbols that mediate students’ understanding of computational thinking. This talk will explore bias in technology by combining cultural-historical activity theory and human-computer interaction to investigate the systems in which novice learners use programming languages. This talk will also provide a call to action for those developing future computational tools.
- Gianforte School of Computing
Dr. Brittany Terese Fasy