March 28 – 29, 2014
Digital Media Program
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This workshop explores the potential for combining
culturally situated design, cultural arts and crafts, and
digital media/technology to better understand the role that
culture and art plays among underrepresented ethnic
students that, as studies show, are increasingly
uninterested or disengaged in STEM.
CSABL Conceptual Framework
• Three (3) short 15-minute Overview presentations will
be followed by Research Goals Brainstorms breakout
sessions in each topic area
• Artist Keynote
• Summarize recommendations for New Research
Directions in culturally situated arts based learning for
informal science education
• Artist Keynote
Research Goals Brainstorms
• Research culturally situated design strategies
• Brainstorm arts-based learning activities with artists
• Create concept maps based on art, culture & STEM
• Develop project ideas for researchers and educators
• Identify collaboration opportunities and projects
• Session 1: Culturally Situated Design Tool
(CSDT) is a Web-based software program
that focuses on individual facets of ethnic
cultures and art where math plays a role in
• Session 2: Arts-Based Concept Map is a
tool for “representing a set of concept
meanings embedded in a framework of
propositions” [Novak, 1998].
• Creative Social: Create a project based
on ideas thrown out by participants.
DESIGN & LEARNING
Culturally situated design strategies challenge the
“primitivist” view that indigenous societies use only
simplistic science & technology.
• Cultural astronomers
study the practices and
traditions of lay experts
and non-experts who
relate to the sky.
• The combination of
vernacular in the
Images: Top: Courtesy of John Michael Vlach; Bottom: John Biggers. “Shotguns (detail),” 1987.
• Lowriders are modified
to appeal to certain
cultural aesthetics, or
to alter the vehicle's
• Cultural artifacts that
principles are part of
what is known as
Images: Courtesy of Dr. Ron Eglash.
ARTS-BASED RESEARCH &
ABR is an emerging set of methods that are very
diverse, but united by their ambitions to blur the lines
between social science and art.
Personal Meaning Maps (PMMs)
Layer one identifies hot spots or key
locations in Leimert Park.
Layer two adds description and
meaning to the hot spots.
Leimert Park Youth Voices: http://www.kcet.org/socal/departures/youthvoices/leimert-park/mapping-leimert-park---
• W.E.B. Du Bois
of portraiture through
his analysis of double
Image: Hank Willis Thomas in collaboration with Sanford Biggers. “Wayfarer series,” 2013..
Vision Map Project
• Combines culturally
research to explore
math and visual
vernacular, e.g. quilts.
New Research Directions
• What broad questions or issues came out of the
• Are there general strategic approaches that can
be applied to future research in the enhancement
of culturally situated arts-based learning?
• What else can the National Science Foundation
and other funders do to support these issues?
• Barone, Thomas, and Elliot Eisner. "Arts-based educational
research." Handbook of complementary methods in education
research (2006): 95-109.
• Eglash, Ron, et al. (2006). Culturally Situated Design Tools:
Ethnocomputing from Field Site to Classroom. In American
Anthropologist. 108:2; 347.
• Gaskins, N. (2013) “Advancing STEM Through Culturally Situated
Arts-Based Learning.” Journal of the New Media Caucus, Vol. 9, N. 3.
• Workshop Website:
• Flickr Group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2560826@N24
• For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org