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Strategies for Engaging Hispanic/Latino Youth in the US in Computer Science

Strategies for Engaging Hispanic/Latino Youth in the US in Computer Science
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Author(s): Jill Denner (Education, Training, Research, USA), Jacob Martinez (Digital NEST, USA) and Heather Thiry (Golden Evaluation and Policy Research, USA)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 25
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.ch002

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Abstract

In the United States, Hispanic/Latino youth are underrepresented in computer science degree programs and the workforce. This chapter reviews theoretical models and empirical evidence to guide efforts to engage Hispanic/Latino youth in activities and learning environments that have the potential to increase their interest and capacity to pursue and persist in computer science. The authors advocate for a culturally responsive approach to engaging youth in computer science, and highlight a research-based program called Computer Science for the Social Good that has evidence of increasing elementary and high school students' interest and capacity to study computer science. The chapter concludes with implications for research and practice.

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