Situated Learning Theory as a Framework for Apprenticing Hispanics into Computer Science Research in the CAHSI Community

TitleSituated Learning Theory as a Framework for Apprenticing Hispanics into Computer Science Research in the CAHSI Community
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsHug, S., Thiry H., Villa E., & Kephart K.
Conference NameAmerican Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting
Date Published05/2010
Conference LocationDenver, Colorado, United States
Abstract

The lack of Hispanic role models as well as a lack of opportunity for students to participate in authentic research practice perpetuates a troublesome cycle of under-representation in computer science research careers. However, local contexts for learning how one might become a research scientist show promise for apprenticing undergraduates into the computer science research community. The primary questions the study addresses are: 1) how and to what extent ARG experiences have influenced participants' professional identities, mobility, and perceptions of self-efficacy; 2) how the design of the model develops students' skills and shapes their identities; and 3) how these longitudinal findings compare with survey data from new ARG participants at other adopting institutions.

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