Cultural diversity as computational diversity : software development for ethnocomputing

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Rodriguez, Elizabeth
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Eglash, Ron, 1958-
Krishnamoorthy, M. S.
Adali, Sibel
Issue Date
2014-05
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Computer science
Degree
MS
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Abstract
This paper describes the latest phase in the on-going development of the educational software known as Culturally Situated Design Tools (CSDTs). CSDTs are based on the idea that many cultural design--native beadwork, urban graffiti, and cornrow hairstyles, for example--include math and computing ideas in their creation. But these math and computing ideas are too "embedded" to see them directly. By simulating these patterns, those embedded ideas are brought to the surface. Thus the tools are primarily directed towards low-income, underrepresented youth: to help them see that they have "ownership" over math and computing ideas, and dispel myths of genetic or cultural determinism.
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May 2014
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Dept. of Computer Science
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
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