Broadening the CS Pipeline for Multilingual Learners
The large and growing Hispanic population -- which grew from 9 million (6% of U.S. population) in 1970 to 59 million (18% of population) in 2017, and is projected to reach 132 million (30% of population) by 2050, but is seriously underrepresented in CS education and achievement.
Hispanic students face additional disadvantages in learning CS, including fewer course offerings in CS in Hispanic-neighborhood schools. In California, Hispanics constitute 54% of the K-12 population, but only 22% of advanced placement CS test takers (College Board, 2017).
There is almost no research on English learners in CS, thus providing no roadmap for educators as to how to improve CS knowledge, skills, and attitudes for this population.
Under a research practitioner partnership conducting design based implementation research, we develop and evaluate an integrated curriculum and professional development intervention focused on the computational thinking that is foundational to CS and the CS identity of Hispanic students in fourth grade. We aim to systemically integrate and scale computer science education across partner districts.