As part of Rebecca Vivian’s Barbara Cail STEM Fellowship, we are holding a series of workshops to share early insights and gather feedback from our local context. We are running a workshop as part of the upcoming ACE conference, and it would be great to see many people there to help discuss this important and interesting issue! To register please visit the conference website here or register directly here.
R. Vivian, K. Falkner, C.Szabo and S. Williams, Increasing Diversity and Engagement in Computer Science Education: International best practices in an Australasian context. Accepted for ACE 2017 (Workshop).
This workshop delivers key research findings from a Barbara Cail STEM Fellowship that funded the investigation of international best practices in engaging children and young adults in STEM from OECD countries including Europe, United States, United Kingdom and New Zealand, with a particular focus on Computer Science and gender diversity.
Although we can learn from successful Computer Science and STEM cultures abroad, ultimately we must develop a STEM education ecosystem and strategies that are uniquely Australasian, that complement our unique strengths and contexts. This workshop explores how we can take these key learnings and translate them into tangible research directions for Computer Science education that are true to our context, that acknowledge existing research and initiatives, and that align with Australiasian goals and aspirations for equality and participation in computing, from the first year of school to tertiary graduation, and beyond.
Participants will develop knowledge of international best practices in engaging students and communicating the importance of Computer Science education to attract diverse populations. We will collectively identify current research and practice being generated in Australasia and the crafting of future research directions and collaborations in diversity within the Australasian computing education community.