Connections at the family level: Supporting parents and caring adults to engage youth in learning about computers and technology

Caitlin K. Martin*, Nichole Pinkard, Sheena Erete, Jim Sandherr

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Abstract

We discuss the multiple roles played by parents and other caring adults in the homes of young STEM learners, highlighting existing knowledge and connections as well as desired supports. We report on a series of workshops for parents and other caring adults, held in conjunction with a 20-week computational making program for middle school girls from underrepresented communities. The workshops accomplish three tasks: 1. build a community of participants who engage in collaborative work and share best practices, resources, and knowledge; 2. introduce a framework of roles to ground what participants do to support the girls' STEM learning; and 3. engage participants in technical design processes as they work through projects similar to those completed by the middle school girls in the program. We share insights and challenges that emerged from our analysis of these workshops, and present ideas for refinement and adaptation of our workshop model based upon lessons learned.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMoving Students of Color from Consumers to Producers of Technology
PublisherIGI Global
Pages220-244
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781522520061
ISBN (Print)9781522520054
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 12 2016

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Martin, C. K., Pinkard, N., Erete, S., & Sandherr, J. (2016). Connections at the family level: Supporting parents and caring adults to engage youth in learning about computers and technology. In Moving Students of Color from Consumers to Producers of Technology (pp. 220-244). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-2005-4.ch011