Sport-Computing Spaces: Designing for Identity Supportive Learning Environments
DescriptionAthletics and sports are integral parts of many children's lives, providing spaces for identity development, individual growth, team collaboration, physical wellness, and, in some cases, embodied learning. These positive aspects of athletics and sports contribute not only to children's development and learning about their capabilities as individuals and as part of a collective but also occur within cultural processes that bring communities together. While sports play a central role in many communities, especially among underprivileged groups, computing learning experiences are rarely available and are hardly ever coupled with athletics in those same spaces. This dissertation demonstrates how computing-enhanced learning spaces can support learners’ sports understanding, athletic interests, sensemaking around computing concepts, and identity development. It offers practical, theoretical, and empirical considerations for designing sports as learning spaces for computing, while addressing the needs of diverse learners. The focus of this work is on basketball in southern Puerto Rico as a case study, but it also argues for the benefits of computing literacy in other sports domains and communities. This dissertation provides concrete suggestions for fostering culturally sustainable and relevant computing education that can offer opportunities for deep engagement and rigorous learning for learners in underserved communities. Exploring this connection aims to illuminate the opportunities and challenges of integrating these two domains to benefit student-athletes in marginalized communities.
Event Type
Doctoral Consortium
TimeWednesday, September 18th10:00am - 4:30pm PDT