English Learners (EL) and Computer Science (CS) learning: Equity issues

Sumi Hagiwara, Neledith Janis Rodriguez

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The national call to increase student participation in CS is widely adopted, but there is limited research that examines English learners (EL) on the agenda for K-12 CS education. This chapter contributes to the literature by analyzing the landscape of EL in computer science and highlighting the linguistic challenges that EL students experience in CS. By understanding significant themes that emerge from these challenges, we conclude with recommendations on how to support EL and future research and strategies for creating a more equitable playing field in CS education for English learners.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Equity in Computer Science in P-16 Education
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781799847403
ISBN (Print)9781799847397
StatePublished - 13 Nov 2020


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