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Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing


reviewed by Lesley S.J. Farmer ó February 24, 2009

coverTitle: Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing
Author(s): Jane Margolis with Rachel Estrella, Joanna Goode, Jennifer Jellison Holme, and Kimberly Nao
Publisher: MIT Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0262135043, Pages: 201, Year: 2008
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The title Stuck in the Shallow End refers to the discrimination and lack of opportunity given to people of color, particularly African Americans, to learn how to swim. For years, pools were either off limits or relegated to “International” days just before the pool was to be drained. Competitive swimming remains largely an Anglo and Asian sport in the U.S. because of financial constraints and societal expectations. Likewise, deep knowledge about computer science evades young people of color. Inability to swim has resulted in a disproportionate percentage of African Americans drowning. In this digital age, inability to think computationally results in fewer employment opportunities and less participation in today’s society. UCLA Senior Researcher Jane Margolis and her team investigate the realities of race as it pertains to young people’s educational experiences of computer science. Margolis notes the long-standing underrepresentation of Latinos and African Americans (as well as females) receiving undergraduate and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 24, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15577, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 5:07:18 PM

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  • Lesley Farmer
    California State University Long Beach
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    LESLEY FARMER Professor at California State University Long Beach, coordinates the Librarianship program. She earned her M.S. in Library Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and received her doctorate in Adult Education from Temple University. Dr. Farmer has worked as a teacher-librarian in K-12 school settings as well as in public, special and academic libraries. Dr. Farmer serves as International Association of School Librarianship VP for Association Relations, edits the International Federation of Library Associations School Libraries Section newsletter, and participates actively in other professional organizations. A frequent presenter and writer for the profession, Dr. Farmerís most recent books are Teen Girls and Technology (Teachers College Press, 2008) and Information Literacy Assessment in K12 Settings (Scarecrow Press, 2008). In 2007 she received a Distinguished Scholarly and Academic Achievement Award from her campus, and was selected as California Library Association Member of the Year. Her research interests include information literacy, collaboration, equity in library services, and educational technology.
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