Peppler awarded grant from the National Science Foundation

The grant will fund research into the persistently lopsided gender makeup of university computer- and information-science programs

Friday, July 28, 2017

Associate professor Kylie Peppler is one of three IU researchers who have been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation. Peppler, an associate professor of learning sciences, was awarded $499,964 for research that takes aim at the persistently lopsided gender makeup of university computer- and information-science programs. The five-year project began in August 2016. National initiatives have had limited success in increasing the number of girls, women and other underrepresented groups in computing. Peppler's project takes a new approach, starting with the socially situated nature of learning tools and materials to help educators and technologists design more equitable learning environments. Through a series of studies in real-world settings such as schools and after-school clubs, the project will provide a basis for understanding how contemporary tools and materials such as paper computing, squishy circuits and e-textiles can shape learning and participation.

For more information, read the press release.