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ETD: Diversifying STEAM : culturally sit   ETD: Diversifying STEAM : culturally sit... - Doctoral Dissertation (4 K)
Creator Lutzky, Raymond A. .
Title Diversifying STEAM : culturally situated drawing for math education with African-American youth
Degree PhD
Department Dept. of Communication and Media
Is Part of Rensselaer Theses and Dissertations Online Collection
Publisher Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
Date 2014-08
Language ENG
Description August 2014
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Abstract Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) pedagogy has been a topic of focus for researchers working with under-represented students such as African-Americans in the United States. Recent attempts to include "arts" in STEM pedagogy (adding an "A" to the acronym to make "STEAM") include learning environments that combine math problems with arts activities such as drawing. However, questions remain regarding to what extent the STEAM movement addresses the challenge of increasing participation among under-represented students in STEM fields. Culturally-situated design tools (CSDTs) have been used extensively to examine the relationship between culture and math education through student simulation tools, such as the braiding of African and African-American cornrow hairstyles. This dissertation consists of a study involving four workshops conducted between 2011 and 2014, two of which seek to examine the impact of culturally-situated drawing on African-American student learning in math. Findings show that African-American students found different affordances, accommodations, constraints, and resistance in their learning experience using the Cornrow Curves CSDT to draw. These data are compared to data from other students using the CSDT to assess students' success in understanding math concepts and in how the culturally-situated nature of the tool impacted their creative work. This study demonstrates the connection between culture and agency for African-American students in a STEAM-oriented, technology-mediated learning environment that incorporates diversity through culturally-situated examples (in this case, African cornrow hairstyles). This provides the basis for a proposed framework, STEAMD, which diversifies STEAM (adding a "D" to the acronym) through culturally-situated drawing.
Contributor Bennett, Audrey
Grice, Roger A.
Zappen, James Philip
Eglash, Ron, 1958-
Subject Communication and rhetoric
Type Electronic thesis
Rights This electronic version is a licensed copy owned by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Copyright of original work retained by author.
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