Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing

Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing

by Jane Margolis
ISBN-10:
0262514044
ISBN-13:
2900262514049
Pub. Date:
04/30/2010
Publisher:
MIT Press

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Overview

Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing

The number of African Americans and Latino/as receiving undergraduate and advanced degrees in computer science is disproportionately low, according to recent surveys. And relatively few African American and Latino/a high school students receive the kind of institutional encouragement, educational opportunities, and preparation needed, for them to choose computer science as a field of study and profession. In Stuck in the Shallow End, Jane Margolis looks at the daily experiences of students and teachers in three Los Angeles public high schools: an overcrowded urban high school, a math and science magnet school, and a well-funded school in an affluent neighborhood. She finds an insidious "virtual segregation" that maintains inequality.

Margolis traces the interplay of school structures (such factors as course offerings and student-to-counselor ratios) and belief systems-including teachers' assumptions about their students and students' assumptions about themselves. Stuck in the Shallow End is a story of how inequality is reproduced in America-and how students and teachers, given the necessary tools, can change the system.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900262514049
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 04/30/2010
Edition description: NE
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jane Margolis is a Senior Researcher at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the coauthor of Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing (MIT Press). She was a 2016 White House Champion of Change for her work addressing underrepresentation of students of color and women in computer science.

Joanna Goode is a Professor of Education at the University of Oregon and is coauthor of the Exploring Computer Science program.

Table of Contents

Foreword Shirley Malcom vii

Preface to the Updated Edition ix

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction: The Myth of Technology as the "Great Equalizer" 1

1 An Unlikely Metaphor: The Color Line in Swimming and Computer Science 17

2 Technology Rich, But Curriculum Poor 27

3 Normalizing the Racial Divide in High School Computer Science 51

4 Claimed Spaces: "Preparatory Privilege" and High School Computer Science 71

5 Teachers as Potential Change Agents: Balancing Equity Reform and Systemic Change 97

6 Technology Policy Illusions 117

Conclusion: "The Best and the Brightest"? 133

Afterword Richard Tapia 141

Postscript: Keeping Equity at the Core of Computer Science Education Jane Margolis Joanna Goode 145

Discussion Guide 157

Appendix A Methodology: Process and Reflections 165

Notes 183

References 199

About the Authors 217

Index 219

What People are Saying About This

Geoffrey Canada

Forty years after Brown v. Board of Education, Jane Margolis exposes a barely recognized fact: minority children are still stuck in separate and unequal educational settings. Margolis points out why having high-tech equipment without a system in place to foster critical thinking does little to close the achievement gap in poor communities.

Indira Nair

In Stuck in the Shallow End, Jane Margolis and her team explore racial disparities in computer science by studying structural details as well as the belief systems and psychological aspects that influence 'true access.' This book shows that having physical access to computers is not the same as having intellectual access to computer science. Stuck in the Shallow End should be required reading for all educators who care about our children and their futures.

Maria Klawe

This a highly compelling book that should be read by everyone interested in the future of science and engineering education in the US.

Jeannie Oakes

Stuck in the Shallow End is at once heartbreaking and inspiring. Its close up look at three high schools shines penetrating light on how well-meaning educators construct social inequality through unquestioned assumptions and everyday practice. At the same time, it also reveals their eagerness to become righteous change agents, if given hope, opportunity, and support. From swimming pools to computer science labs, Margolis and her colleagues have much to teach educators and policymakers about urban schools.

Mark Guzdial

Stuck in the Shallow End is an insightful, nuanced view into a complex set of problems. In the end, this book gives us hope that there are solutions. Jane Margolis and her colleagues show us the insights that social science can offer us in trying to understand (and meet!) the challenge of broadening participation in computing.

Endorsement

In Stuck in the Shallow End, Jane Margolis and her team explore racial disparities in computer science by studying structural details as well as the belief systems and psychological aspects that influence 'true access.' This book shows that having physical access to computers is not the same as having intellectual access to computer science. Stuck in the Shallow End should be required reading for all educators who care about our children and their futures.

Indira Nair, Vice Provost of Education, and Professor, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

From the Publisher

"This is a highly compelling book that should be read by everyone interested in the future of science and engineering education in the US." Maria M.

Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College

" Stuck in the Shallow End is an insightful, nuanced view into a complex set of problems. In the end, this book gives us hope that there are solutions. Jane Margolis and her colleagues show us the insights that social science can offer us in trying to understand (and meet!) the challenge of broadening participation in computing." Mark Guzdial , School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology

"In Stuck in the Shallow End, Jane Margolis and her team explore racial disparities in computer science by studying structural details as well as the belief systems and psychological aspects that influence 'true access.' This book shows that having physical access to computers is not the same as having intellectual access to computer science. Stuck in the Shallow End should be required reading for all educators who care about our children and their futures." Indira Nair , Vice Provost of Education, and Professor, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

"This is a highly compelling book that should be read by everyone interested in the future of science and engineering education in the US." Maria M. Klawe , President, Harvey Mudd College

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