Computational Knowledge in Historically “Low-Asset” Communities
Wednesday, June 29 5:15 PM-7:00 PM Location: Grand Ballroom C
Presider: Jodie Hemerda, Bridgepoint Education, United States
Abstract: This research investigated the computational funds of knowledge of elementary-aged children in a “low asset” community. Funds of knowledge refers to historically accumulated and culturally developed bodies of knowledge and skills for household or individual functioning and well-being. Computational funds of knowledge are related to codified curricular objectives, such as knowledge of: heuristics, search techniques, or digitization of social practices. In order to ascertain the resources of children in their homes, household visits, parent and child questionnaires, and community consultations were conducted. Analysis of this data revealed that, 1) children’s computational funds of knowledge can be identified through community-based methods, 2) children’s funds include search engines for sourcing food and gameplay (online and offline) and map-based technology to identify locations of interest, and 3) programs based on funds of knowledge have the potential to foster growth in computation.