Authoring Joy :) Multimodal artifacts as tools for broadening definitions of STEM participation

Colloquium | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Déana Scipio, School of Education at University of California, Davis

 Graduate School of Education

Abstract: In this talk, Dr. Scipio explores the ways that joyful learning opportunities for authoring artifacts and activities shaped the broadening participation experiences of youth in the SoundCitizen Science Apprenticeship (SCSA) program. SCSA was a National Science Foundation funded, design-based research out of school time program for middle and high school youth. Within SCSA, youth participants operationalized autonomy and joy by authoring hybrid identity or signature science artifacts (Calabrese Barton et al., 2008). Youth participants authored hybrid STEM identity artifacts that merged aspects of their personal and science identities. Broadening participation has two related meanings within this study 1) increasing STEM participation by participants from non-dominant communities and 2) redefining what it means to participate in STEM. This work positions multimodal artifacts as manifestations of joy and disciplinary engagement.

About the speaker: Dr. Déana Scipio’s research focuses on redefining broadening participation in STEM. As a design-based researcher, she has designed and studied learning environments within formal and informal contexts. As a designer of learning environments, Dr. Scipio focuses on equitable design, creating spaces for learners from non-dominant groups to demonstrate and create disciplinary expertise, architecting community-university partnerships to facilitate multidirectional learning, and helping experts and mentors build pedagogical capacity. In her current position as a postdoctoral scholar in the School of Education at University of California, Davis, she is leading up youth-focused citizen science research efforts in collaboration with academic and museum partners in California and the UK.