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Title: When is an Owl More than an Owl? An Interaction Analysis of a Computer Science Co-Design Conversation on Cultural Relevance
Authors: Robillard, Stephanie M.
Lee, Victor R.
Clarke-Midura, Jody
Shumway, Jessica
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Robillard, S. M., Lee, V. R., Clarke-Midura, J., & Shumway, J. (2023). When is an owl more than an owl? An interaction analysis of a computer science co-design conversation on cultural relevance. In Blikstein, P., Van Aalst, J., Kizito, R., & Brennan, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2023 (pp. 425-432). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: The learning sciences community is currently exploring new ways to enact productive and equitable co-design research-practice partnerships that are sensitive to all the concerns and needs of stakeholders. The paper contributes to that still-growing literature through an interaction analysis of a co-design discussion involving school district partners that unfolded about cultural relevance and sensitivity in relation to the use of a specific image in an elementary school coding lesson. The episode involved looking moment-by-moment at how district educators recognized and acknowledged that a specific design decision could be harmful for a minoritized population of students enrolled in the district. However, once a key change was made to be more culturally responsive and considerate, new and unexpected pedagogical challenges appeared. This case serves to illustrate some of the unexpected tensions that can appear in real-time when unanticipated questions about cultural relevance are foregrounded during lesson and materials co-design.
Description: Long Paper
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