Leveraging CSCL to Support Parent Involvement and Increase Student Learning Outcomes in Communities That are Historically Excluded from STEM

Keisha Varma, Samuel J Bullard

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Abstract

Parental involvement is a critical lever that can increase positive academic outcomes for K-12 students. Technology can increase access to parental involvement opportunities to broaden the participation of parents who are from backgrounds that have historically been excluded from STEM fields. Increasing their involvement has the possibility of increasing students' STEM learning outcomes. This study focuses on middle school students and parents from groups that have been historically underrepresented in STEM. We work with teachers to leverage a technology enhanced social learning environment (SLE) to invite parents and students to share familial knowledge and everyday lived experiences that are relevant to the scientific content being covered in their classes. Our research findings show that on classroom based scientific content measures, students who participate in the SLE, outperform students who do not. In addition, students who participate in the SLE with a parent or family member outperform students who participate individually. These findings advance our understanding of the impacts of parent involvement and emphasize the need to create innovative ways to broaden the participation of parents from diverse backgrounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISLS Annual Meeting 2023
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Knowledge and Sustaining our Community - 16th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2023 - Proceedings
EditorsCrina Damsa, Marcela Borge, Elizabeth Koh, Marcelo Worsley
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages301-304
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781737330684
StatePublished - 2023
Event16th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2023 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Jun 10 2023Jun 15 2023

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume2023-June
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference16th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2023
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityMontreal
Period6/10/236/15/23

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