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Title: Two Changing Minds: A Journey to Culturally Responsive and Computational Thinking Infused Science Teaching
Authors: Xin, Yue
Su, Man
Mak, Janice
Kramarczuk, Kristina
Ketelhut, Diane Jass
Nelson, Brian
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Xin, Y., Su, M., Mak, J., Kramarczuk, K., Ketelhut, D. J., & Nelson, B. (2023). Two changing minds: A journey to culturally responsive and computational thinking infused science teaching. In Blikstein, P., Van Aalst, J., Kizito, R., & Brennan, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2023 (pp. 250-257). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Integrating computational thinking (CT) in accessible and inclusive ways has been a challenge for elementary science teachers. To promote equitable integration of CT in elementary science lessons, we delivered a five-day professional development (PD) workshop for teachers to practice applying CT and culturally responsive teaching (CRT) in their science lesson designs. In this study, we examined how two elementary science teachers’ understandings of CT- and CRT-infused science teaching changed during the workshop. We compared two teachers’ understandings of CT, CRT, and the levels of CT-CRT integration reflected in their lesson plans using our integrated framework. Drawing on data gathered from surveys, observations, artifacts, and interviews, we found that the two teachers had varied growth in their understandings of CT and CRT from their different entry points and through distinct pathways. This paper illuminates effective PD interventions, presenting opportunities for elementary teachers to integrate CT and CRT into their science lessons.
Description: Long Paper
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