Computer science meets social studies

Embedding CS in the study of locally grounded civic issues

Sarah Van Wart*

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Abstract

Data science is an emerging 21st century literacy that promises to support learning in a wide vanety of disciplines. It also provides an engaging context in which to learn computational thinking skills in existing classroom contexts. For my dissertation research, I will explore whether and how data science can support inquiry-based learning in social studies. I conjecture that data science could provide students with an opportunity to use computing to better understand their social world, while also allowing students to draw from and make sense of their own experiences. I plan to explore this idea by enhancing and evaluating a software tool, Local Ground, and creating a curriculum that helps young people identify and describe salient characteristics of their lived realities, moving from unstructured to structured data representations (e.g., photos to tags to databases). This process may generate a rich, motivating data source to explore subsequent ideas in computational thinking and social science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICER 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages281-282
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450336284
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 9 2015
Event11th Annual ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research, ICER 2015 - Omaha, United States
Duration: Aug 9 2015Aug 13 2015

Publication series

NameICER 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research

Other

Other11th Annual ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research, ICER 2015
CountryUnited States
CityOmaha
Period8/9/158/13/15

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Keywords

  • Broadening participation
  • Computational thinking
  • Data science education
  • Interdisciplinary approaches

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

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Van Wart, S. (2015). Computer science meets social studies: Embedding CS in the study of locally grounded civic issues. In ICER 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research (pp. 281-282). (ICER 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2787622.2787751
Van Wart, Sarah. / Computer science meets social studies : Embedding CS in the study of locally grounded civic issues. ICER 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 2015. pp. 281-282 (ICER 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research).
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ICER 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 2015. p. 281-282 (ICER 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research).

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Van Wart S. Computer science meets social studies: Embedding CS in the study of locally grounded civic issues. In ICER 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. 2015. p. 281-282. (ICER 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research). https://doi.org/10.1145/2787622.2787751