Exploring Predictors of Computer Science Outcomes among Underrepresented High School Students of Color

Presented at the 2018 American Education Research Association (AERA) Conference, this study examined demographic, academic, and social/psychological predictors of computing outcomes. Study findings reveal: (a) gender differences in computing engagement and aspirations but not in competency, (b) prior CS exposure predicts gains in engagement, (c) the presence of CS role models is a significant predictor, regardless of gender, of CS …

Intersectional STEM Network Formation: Longitudinal Peer Support, Anti-Blackness, and Persistence in STEM for Underrepresented Students

Peer networks formed in a rigorous HS STEM summer program were related to persistence in studying STEM in college however were not sufficient to overcome isolation in STEM majors. Latinx students were significantly more likely to report being close to another program alumna. Gender was not significant predictor of persistence in STEM however racial/ethnic identities were, suggesting anti-blackness is a …

Do Computer Science Exposure Activities Increase Pursuit of Computer Science Higher Education for Underrepresented Groups?

The Kapor Center for Social Impact Tech Inclusion Research Team presented the findings of a study on the longitudinal results of computer science exposure activities during SMASH in a poster session at the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) 2017 Conference held in Seattle, Washington, March 8-11, 2017. Results from the study include: (1) a statistically significant increase …

Engaging Underrepresented Students in Computer Science

“LPFI, the Kapor Center for Social Impact, and colleagues from UC Berkeley and El Camino College presented strategies for engaging underrepresented students of color in Computer Science at the Tapia 2016 Diversity in Computing Conference in Austin, Texas. Strategies discussed included: culturally relevant and responsive teaching methods; creating inclusive and affirming learning environments; encouraging students to choose coding projects which …

Influence and Motivation in STEM Among Underrepresented High School Students of Color

“Presented at the 2016 American Education Research Association (AERA) Conference in Washington, D.C. (April 8, 2016), this qualitative study examined the differing ways that boys and girls of color in the Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) STEM program describe their motivations to pursue STEM studies. Among other findings of note, girls of color often reported entering STEM because …

Examining the Impact of a Culturally Responsive Out-of-School Computer Science Intervention for Underrepresented High School Students

“This study, funded generously by the National Science Foundation, outlines the impact of short-term, culturally responsive computer science program for underrepresented youth of color. Chief among its findings are that a culturally responsive pedagogical framework in computer science shows promise in increasing access, knowledge, attitudes, and aspirations for underrepresented youth of color.” View Presentation

Peer Network Effects and Persistence in Pursuit of STEM Higher Education for Underrepresented Groups

Presented at the 2015 National Symposium on Student Retention (November 4, 2015), this poster illuminates the role that gender and ethnic/racial identities play in the formation of peer networks in STEM for underrepresented students of color, with a special investigation of Computer Science majors. Among its findings: ethnic/racial identities, however not gender identities, are proposed as moderators of the attainment …

Computer Science Access for Students of Color: Disparities and Opportunities

“This presentation, given to the 2015 California Department of Education STEM Symposium in San Diego, CA (October 29, 2015), explored disparities in Computer Science course access in California high schools with highest proportions of: underrepresented students of color, low-income students, and English language learners. These findings, part of the Path Not Found report released earlier in 2015, were accompanied by …

Path Not Found: Disparities in Access to Computer Science Courses in California High Schools – CSTA Golden Gate Chapter presentation

The findings of the “Path Not Found:Disparities in Access to Computer Science Courses in California High Schools” were presented and discussed at the Computer Science Teachers Association Golden Gate chapter meeting (June 28, 2015). The research illuminated the disparities in access to any computer science courses for underrepresented students of color, low income students and English language learners in California …

Engaging Underrepresented Youth in Computer Science

Researchers, staff and computer science instructors from Level Playing Field Institute, the Kapor Center for Social Impact and the Computer Science Division of the University of California, Berkeley held a panel discussion on increasing access to computer science for underrepresented girls and youth of color at the annual conference of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) in Grapevine, Texas (July …

Expanding Opportunities in Computer Science Among Girls of Color: An Examination of an AP Preparatory Computer Science Intervention

This study, presented at the American Educational Research Association annual conference in Chicago (April 16-20, 2015), examined the efficacy of a computer science preparatory intervention on computer science achievement and aspirations of underrepresented girls of color within LPFI’s SMASH program. View Presentation