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Fri 22 Mar 2024 16:10 - 16:35 at Meeting Rooms B113-114 - Social Justice and Equity Chair(s): Carl Haynes-Magyar

Prior work has argued for a more justice-centered approach to postsecondary computing education by emphasizing ethics, identity, and political vision. In this experience report, we examine how postsecondary students of diverse gender and racial identities experience a justice-centered Data Structures and Algorithms designed for undergraduate non-computer science majors. Through a quantitative and qualitative analysis of two quarters of student survey data collected at the start and end of each quarter, we report on student attitudes and expectations.

Across the class, we found a significant increase in the following attitudes: computing confidence and sense of belonging. While women, non-binary, and other students not identifying as men (WNB+) also increased in these areas, they still reported significantly lower confidence and sense of belonging than men at the end of the quarter. Black, Latinx, Middle Eastern and North African, Native American, and Pacific Islander (BLMNPI) students had no significant differences compared to white and Asian students.

We also analyzed end-of-quarter student self-reflections on their fulfillment of expectations prior to taking the course. While the majority of students reported a positive overall sentiment about the course and many students specifically appreciated the justice-centered approach, some desired more practice with program implementation and interview preparation. We discuss implications for practice and articulate a political vision for holding both appreciation for computing ethics and a desire for professional preparation together through iterative design.

Fri 22 Mar

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15:45 - 17:00
Social Justice and EquityPapers at Meeting Rooms B113-114
Chair(s): Carl Haynes-Magyar Carnegie Mellon University
15:45
25m
Talk
Designing for Equity in Education Via Computational Thinking: A Case Study
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Ryoko Yamaguchi Plus Alpha Research and Consulting, Cyntrica Eaton Eaton Technologies Consulting Group
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16:10
25m
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"It Can Relate to Real Lives'': Attitudes and Expectations in Justice-Centered Data Structures & Algorithms for Non-Majors
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Anna Batra University of Washington, Iris Zhou University of Washington, Suh Young Choi University of Washington, Chongjiu Gao University of Washington, Yanbing Xiao University of Washington, Sonia Fereidooni University of Washington, Kevin Lin University of Washington, Seattle
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16:35
25m
Talk
Undergraduate Student Attitudes towards a Social Justice Context in a Programming Project
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Aadarsh Padiyath University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Kyle Ashburn University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Barbara Ericson University of Michigan
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