Developing the next generation of diverse computer scientists: the need for enhanced, intersectional computing identity theory

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2018-04-23
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Rodriguez, Sarah
Lehman, Kathleen
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This theoretical paper explores the need for enhanced, intersectional computing identity theory for the purpose of developing a diverse group of computer scientists for the future. Greater theoretical understanding of the identity formation process specifically for computing is needed in order to understand how students come to understand themselves as computer scientists. To ensure that the next generation of computer scientists is diverse, this paper presents a case for examining identity development intersectionally, understanding the ways in which women and underrepresented students may have difficulty identifying as computer scientists and be systematically oppressed in their pursuit of computer science careers. Through a review of the available scholarship, this paper suggests that creating greater theoretical understanding of the computing identity development process will inform the way in which educational stakeholders consider computer science practices and policies.

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This accepted article is published as Rodriguez, S. L., Lehman, K. (2018). Developing the Next Generation of Diverse Computer Scientists: The Need for Enhanced, Intersectional Computer Science Identity Theory. Computer Science Education. 27(3-4); 229-247. Doi: 10.1080/08993408.2018.1457899. Posted with permission.

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Computer science, theory, identity, intersectionality
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