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Title:Community informatics in STEM education: an inquiry into an out-of-school, STEM education program from the perspective of parents and youth participants
Author(s):Slates, Angela M
Director of Research:Pak, Yoon
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Pak, Yoon
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Span, Christopher; Dunbar, Christopher; Bruce, Bertram "Chip"
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Educational Policy Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):STEM Education
African American Education
Community Informatics
Constructivist Grounded Theory
Qualitative Inquiry
Community Cultural Wealth
Abstract:Women, African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans are underrepresented in STEM at the high school, college, and careers levels. For underrepresented groups, many efforts may come too late to address underlying problems such as perceived lack of ability and lack of exposure. Out of school, semi-structured robotics programs with embedded community informatics (CI) practices have demonstrate great potential for increasing STEM access, exposure, and interest for all students. Yet, while programs of this kind have demonstrated promising outcomes for increasing STEM interest early in the STEM education pipeline, gaining access to tools and resources for underrepresented communities students can be very challenging. This qualitative research study uses a constructionists grounded theory methodology to examine what happens when a group of African American parents attempt to gain access to resources and implement STEM programming (a robotics project) outside of a traditional school setting. This study employ the theoretical frameworks of community cultural wealth, bridging and bonding social capital, and possible-selves, in examining the challenges and triumphs of African American parents in establishing a quality robotics program for their middle school level African American children in a small urban Midwest community.
Issue Date:2016-05-13
Rights Information:Copyright Angela M. Slates 2016
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-11-10
Date Deposited:2016-08

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