Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Minorities in Engineering
Informal learning contexts provide immersive experiences which can promote engineering learning and fluency. Access to structured informal engineering learning experiences differs based on race and socioeconomic status. Therefore, we shift our attention to address informal sociocultural settings. Sociocultural informal contexts within Black communities provide opportunities for youth to develop engineering related skills in culturally familiar (‘real-world’) settings. Tolbert (2016) found 15 sociocultural practices which enabled Black youth to develop engineering attributes. In this follow-up ethnographic study, the researchers selected two practices to observe at four different research settings. We share our initial insights and reflections related to the settings visited and the engagement of Black youth and families in the respective settings. This research can help to strengthen our understanding of Black youths’ engineering learning ecosystems, which is partly influenced by their community, culture, educational policy, formal learning contexts, and informal learning experiences.
McDaniel, N., & Tolbert, D. (2018, June), Preliminary Insights from Exploring Engineering Learning Ecosystems of Black Youth Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30883
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