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Awardee:UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII SYSTEMS
Doing Business As Name:University of Hawaii
PD/PI:
  • Daniel L Hoffman
  • (646) 462-0017
  • hoffman2@hawaii.edu
Co-PD(s)/co-PI(s):
  • Seungoh Paek
  • Peter Leong
  • Rochelle P Kaaloa
Award Date:07/26/2021
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 996,552
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 996,552
  • FY 2021=$996,552
Start Date:08/01/2021
End Date:07/31/2024
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.076
Primary Program Source:040106 NSF Education & Human Resource
Award Title or Description:Advancing Research and Practice in Culturally-Relevant Computing in Upper Elementary Education
Federal Award ID Number:2122874
DUNS ID:965088057
Parent DUNS ID:009438664
Program:CSforAll-Computer Sci for All
Program Officer:
  • Monica Cardella
  • (703) 292-5386
  • mcardell@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:2440 Campus Road, Box 368
City:Honolulu
State:HI
ZIP:96822-2234
County:Honolulu
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:01

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Hawaii
Street:1776 University Avenue, Wist 230
City:Honolulu
State:HI
ZIP:96822-2447
County:Honolulu
Country:US
Cong. District:01

Abstract at Time of Award

This project is motivated by the need to prepare elementary teachers to effectively integrate Computer Science (CS) education into their teaching. To address this need, this project will provide professional development focused on culturally-relevant computing. Culturally-relevant computing values explicit connections between students’ home cultures and the concepts and practices of CS. Research has shown that culturally-relevant pedagogies help students from marginalized communities succeed in a variety of fields including STEM-related areas. Accordingly, the project's basis is that a sustained culturally-relevant computing professional development program will be an effective way to prepare educators to reliably produce valued CS and culture-based outcomes. The work will be done by a partnership between faculty and staff at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) and the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (HIDOE). The project will directly address concerns about the need to prepare teachers to integrate CS into their teaching while simultaneously promoting Hawaiʻi’s unique place, history, culture, and language. The project’s practical and theoretical outputs regarding culturally-relevant computing and its pedagogical implications will be applicable to other cultures and contexts interested in equity and diversity. With the goal of better understanding the role of culturally-relevant computing in supporting CS education, this research-practitioner partnership will provide professional development to upper elementary (grades 4 - 6) educators (n = 230) in Hawaiʻi. Specifically, the project pursues practice and research objectives aligned with calls to broaden participation in CS, better understand pedagogical factors supporting effective CS education, and examine how CS education can promote CS and culture-based education outcomes. The practice objectives of the project include: 1) developing culturally-relevant computing modules, 2) implementing a professional development program about culturally-relevant computing, and 3) forming a professional learning community about culturally-relevant computing. The project’s research objectives will advance the field’s theoretical and practical understanding of how culturally-relevant computing impacts educators’ knowledge and beliefs about (a) the subject of CS, (b) their ability to teach CS, and (c) the relationship between CS and culture-based outcomes. Methodologically, the project will follow a design-based research process coupled with an explanatory sequential mixed-methods design. Taken together, this project will help researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers, better understand how culturally-relevant (sustaining) pedagogy can be leveraged to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM-related fields such as CS. This project is funded through the CS for All: Research and RPPs program This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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