"Secondary School Teachers' Conceptualization of Equity Issues in Computer Science Teaching and Learning"
American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting
Theme: Leveraging Educational Research in a “Post-Truth” Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence
April 5-9, 2019
Title: Secondary School Teachers' Conceptualization of Equity Issues in Computer Science Teaching and Learning (Paper)
Roundtable Session: Technology Innovations in Teacher Development and Instructional Integration
Authors: Ninger Zhou, Yucheng Cao, Sharin Jacob, Mark Warschauer, Debra Richardson
Abstract: Effective and equitable Computer Science (CS) teaching is contingent on teachers' robust conceptualization of equity in CS classrooms. To this end, our study examined high school teachers' understanding of equity issues in CS education while attending a CS teacher certificate program. We evaluated the teacher's understanding of equity issues by conducting a content analysis of their equity reflection essays. The major themes emerged from the content analysis highlighted the impact of equitable practices on CS participation. This research demonstrates the role of a professional development program in promoting teachers' understanding of the equity issues in CS education and presents frameworks for examining teachers' conceptualization of equity.