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Culturally Situated Design Tools: Generative Justice as a Foundation for STEM Diversity

Culturally Situated Design Tools: Generative Justice as a Foundation for STEM Diversity
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Author(s): Ron Eglash (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA), William Babbitt (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA), Audrey Bennett (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA), Kathryn Bennett (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA), Brian Callahan (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA), James Davis (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA), John Drazan (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA), Charles Hathaway (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA), David Hughes (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA), Mukkai Krishnamoorthy (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA), Michael Lachney (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA), Michael Mascarenhas (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA), Shayla Sawyer (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA) and Kathleen Tully (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 20
Source title: Moving Students of Color from Consumers to Producers of Technology
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Yolanda Rankin (Spelman College, USA) and Jakita Thomas (Auburn University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2005-4.ch007

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Abstract

The “pipeline” model of STEM education conceives of underrepresentation by race, gender and class in terms of leaks that fail to deliver students to their destination in the science and technology workforce. But that model fails to consider the role of STEM in producing underrepresentation. This can only be solved by moving from the extractive approach of the pipeline model to a generative model in which the value produced by STEM students cycles back to their own communities. We report on our experience creating and evaluating Culturally Situated Design Tools. Using a framework of “generative justice”, we contrast the cyclic social damage, which reproduces underrepresentation with the potential for STEM education as a niche in the technosocial ecosystem that can address underrepresentation and causal factors.

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