Higher seminar in didactics: ”The Opportunity and Responsibility of the Computer Science Education movement” by Sepehr Vakil

  • Datum: –17.00
  • Plats: Blåsenhus Tupprummet
  • Föreläsare: Sephir Vakil is an assistant professor of Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.
  • Kontaktperson: Linn Areskoug
  • Seminarium

In this talk Sepehr Vakil will examine the potential as well as the responsibility for CS education to take seriously the moral, ethical, racial, and political dimensions of technology and their implications for learning and teaching computer science.

Abstract
In the US, computer science (CS) has taken the K-12 education space by storm. Non-profit organizations, technology companies, government agencies, school districts, and schools of education all around the country all seem united in their quest to rapidly expand the scope and reach of computer science for “all” students. In fact, advocacy for computer science education is a rare point of agreement between President Obama and President Trump. Yet, as powerful, ambitious, and well-intentioned as it may be, the CS education movement has thus far terribly missed the mark on questions of equity and inclusion. In this talk, Vakil offers a new window into thinking about the enduring racial equity problem in CS education. Drawing on his ongoing work with the Young Peoples Race Power and Technology (YPRPT) project, he will explore the potential of a justice-oriented pedagogy that anchors CS learning in the complex interactions of race, ethics, and technology. Ultimately, in this talk Vakil will examine the potential as well as the responsibility for CS education to take seriously the moral, ethical, racial, and political dimensions of technology and their implications for learning and teaching computer science.

Bio
Sepehr Vakil is an assistant professor of Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Previously he was Assistant Professor of STEM Education and the Associate Director of Equity & Inclusion in the Center for STEM Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Broadly his research examines the intersections of learning, identity, race, power, and ethics in secondary and post-secondary engineering and computer science contexts. Dr. Vakil’s teaching and research are informed by sociocultural theories of learning, practice, and pedagogy. He recently received the National Science Foundation’s early CAREER award, as well as the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral fellowship. He received his PhD in the Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology program at UC Berkeley, and his B.S and M.S in Electrical Engineering from UCLA.