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Sat 23 Mar 2024 10:45 - 11:10 at Meeting Room D135 - K12 - Elementary School

From an early age, girls may opt out of Computer Science (CS) for not fitting the CS stereotypes of being male, asocial and technology-oriented. These stereotypes might be strengthened by children’s books on programming, but little is known about this. Therefore, this paper explores the gender, social interactions and interests of characters illustrated in ten popular extracurricular Scratch and Python children’s books. We found more masculine than feminine characters in all but one book. Furthermore, nearly half of the characters are illustrated alone, and 15% are interested in computers & robots. Over two-thirds of the characters fit at least one stereotypical trait. With this paper, we aim to create awareness of stereotypes in CS books among creators, publishers and buyers. Making and using more inclusive CS materials will help close the gender gap.

This program is tentative and subject to change.

Sat 23 Mar

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10:45 - 12:00
K12 - Elementary SchoolPapers at Meeting Room D135
10:45
25m
Talk
Gender, Social Interactions and Interests of Characters Illustrated in Scratch and Python Programming Books for Children
Papers
Shirley de Wit Delft University of Technology, Felienne Hermans Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Marcus Specht Delft University of Technology, Efthimia Aivaloglou Delft University of Technology
11:10
25m
Talk
Novel insights into elementary girls’ experiences in physiological computing
Papers
Feiya Luo University of Alabama, Ruohan Liu University of Virginia, Idowu David Awoyemi University of Alabama, Chris Crawford University of Alabama, Fatema Nasrin University of Alabama
11:35
25m
Talk
Making Abstraction Concrete in the Elementary Classroom
Papers
Eping Hung Southern Oregon University, Maggie Vanderberg Southern Oregon University, Gladys Krause William & Mary, Eva Skuratowicz Southern Oregon University