Understanding parents' perceived barriers to engaging their children in out-of-school computer science programs

Bo Ju, Olivia Ravenscroft, Evelyn Flores, Denise Nacu, Sheena Erete, Nichole Pinkard

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Abstract

To address participation inequities among youth in computer science programs, this study examined how parents evaluate outof- school time (OST) STEM programs for their children. We facilitated a workshop and conducted interviews with parents in Digital Youth Divas (DYD), an OST STEM program for middleschool girls who are underrepresented in computing. We found that parents prefer programs that are free, at accessible locations, and run by reputable educational institutions. Parents also identified barriers such as the lack of a parent network and conflicting schedules. Our results suggest several recommendations to address these barriers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGCSE 2020 - Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9781450367936
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 26 2020
Event51st ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2020 - Portland, United States
Duration: Mar 11 2020Mar 14 2020

Publication series

NameAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE
ISSN (Print)1942-647X

Conference

Conference51st ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2020
CountryUnited States
CityPortland
Period3/11/203/14/20

Keywords

  • Out-of-school time
  • Parents
  • Stem programs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Education

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    Ju, B., Ravenscroft, O., Flores, E., Nacu, D., Erete, S., & Pinkard, N. (2020). Understanding parents' perceived barriers to engaging their children in out-of-school computer science programs. In SIGCSE 2020 - Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3328778.3372663