Empowering families facing English literacy challenges to jointly engage in computer programming

Rahul Banerjee, Leanne Liu, Kiley Sobel, Caroline Pitt, Kung Jin Lee, Meng Wang, Sijin Chen, Lydia Davison, Jason C. Yip, Andrew J. Ko, Zoran Popović

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Abstract

Research suggests that parental engagement through Joint Media Engagement (JME) is an important factor in chil-dren's learning for coding and programming. Unfortunate-ly, parents with limited technology background may have difficulty supporting their children's access to program-ming. English-language learning (ELL) families from mar-ginalized communities face particular challenges in under-standing and supporting programming, as code is primarily authored using English text. We present BlockStudio, a programming tool for empowering ELL families to jointly engage in introductory coding, using an environment em-bodying two design principles, text-free and visually con-crete. We share a case study involving three community centers serving immigrant and refugee populations. Our findings show ELL families can jointly engage in pro-gramming without text, via co-creation and flexible roles, and can create a range of artifacts, indicating understanding of aspects of programming within this environment. We conclude with implications for coding together in ELL fam-ilies and design ideas for text-free programming research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationEngage with CHI
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356206, 9781450356213
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Apr 2018
Event2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 21 Apr 201826 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Volume2018-April

Conference

Conference2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityMontreal
Period21/04/1826/04/18

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Association for Computing Machinery.

Keywords

  • Coding
  • English-language learning (ELL) families
  • Joint media engagement (JME)
  • Programming
  • Text-free

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