From Refugee to Programmer? An Action-Based Learning Approach for Teaching Coding to Refugees

Daniela Wolf, Martin Ebner

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Abstract

Teaching coding is currently gaining momentum in classrooms and informal learning spaces (coding fairs, labs, challenges, etc.) all over the world. In Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, a number of organizations offering coding courses for refugees (e.g. Refugees on Rails, HackYourFuture, CodeYourFuture) have been created as a reaction to the “refugee crisis“ in 2015-16. Such civic initiatives are aiming far beyond simply creating a new generation of programmers in response to integration and the lack of software developers in the job market. They show great potential in terms of providing rapid, innovative, and adaptive kinds of educational support. Their work is done by rapid and iterative testing of ideas in a way that traditional education institutions are not able to, possibly because of factors such as regulations, internal processes or mere traditions. To evaluate the impact of such approaches for the educational sector, and to develop courses appropriate for the needs of heterogeneous and culturally diverse groups, the authors report on two programming courses for refugees based on an empirical technique called “action research” and seek to offer practical advice for the implementation of courses for cultural diverse groups in the educational system. This study was conducted at “refugees{code}”, an Austrian coding school for refugees.
Originalspracheenglisch
TitelProceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology
ErscheinungsortAmsterdam, Netherlands
Herausgeber (Verlag)Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
Seiten2042-2056
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 5 Jul 2018
VeranstaltungEdMedia + Innovate Learning: EdMedia 2018 - Amsterdam, Niederlande
Dauer: 25 Jun 201829 Jun 2018

Konferenz

KonferenzEdMedia + Innovate Learning
KurztitelEd-Media 2018
Land/GebietNiederlande
OrtAmsterdam
Zeitraum25/06/1829/06/18

Fields of Expertise

  • Information, Communication & Computing

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