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CS4All, but Why? Exploring How Different Visions, Motivations, and Ideologies of Computer Science Education Impact Implementation Contexts

Fri, April 28, 8:15 to 10:15am, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Meeting Room Level, Room 221 C

Session Type: Structured Poster Session


Unprecedented resources are currently being allocating towards computer science education, with researchers increasingly aiming to deepen understandings of CS pedagogy, technology design, teacher training and policy implementation. However, there’s little knowledge of how different rationale and underlying ideologies offered for CS4All initiatives are consequential within current design and implementation efforts. This session examines how purposes, motivations and ideologies at play in various contexts (K12 and undergraduate classrooms, coding ‘bootcamps’, professional development initiatives) and among different actors (teachers, principals, students, PD designers, policymakers) merit attention within the context of CS4All efforts. We contend that examinations focused on how different ideological positions mediate enacted CS education create new possibilities for both improving CS4All efforts as well as productively questioning assumptions around them.

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