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Exploring pedagogical culture for
accessibility education in Computing
Science
Sarah Lewthwaite @slewth
David Sloan @sloan...
Research context
• There are growing industry demands for accessibility
skills and knowledge
– Teachaccess.org, IAAP certi...
…but our focus is on the question of
how to teach accessibility
Finding out about accessibility
pedagogy
• Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK): what do we
know about effective ways to te...
Characteristics of accessibility learning
and teaching
• Literature is small, dominated by first-person reflections
• Init...
Limited pedagogical content
knowledge.
No significant pedagogical culture for
accessibility…yet.
Challenges to the field
• Changing nature of accessibility
• Visibility of accessibility in the curriculum
– Integrate or ...
Building a Pedagogical Culture
• Engaging with pedagogical literature, sharing results
• Build a community-level discussio...
Next steps
• Deeper thematic analysis of the literature
• Maintaining a living collection of the literature
– Current loca...
Thank you!
@slewth
www.southampton.ac.uk/education/about/staff/sel1d14.pag
e
@sloandr
www.paciellogroup.com
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Exploring pedagogical culture for accessibility education in Computing Science

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What do we know about effective methods for teaching accessibility? This presentation given at the W4A conference in Montreal shares initial findings from a review of published work on pedagogy and accessibility, with a focus on computing science.

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Exploring pedagogical culture for accessibility education in Computing Science

  1. 1. Exploring pedagogical culture for accessibility education in Computing Science Sarah Lewthwaite @slewth David Sloan @sloandr W4A 2016, Montreal, April 11th 2016
  2. 2. Research context • There are growing industry demands for accessibility skills and knowledge – Teachaccess.org, IAAP certification • Socio-technical focus of accessibility presents specific educational challenges • This means more focus on quality of accessibility education • Lots of discussion on what to teach…
  3. 3. …but our focus is on the question of how to teach accessibility
  4. 4. Finding out about accessibility pedagogy • Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK): what do we know about effective ways to teach a specific subject? • Examine the literature focusing on teaching of accessibility in computing science: – 23 papers, 3 introductions to thematic sessions, 2 posters, 1 PhD thesis – Initial analysis of emerging themes from papers found
  5. 5. Characteristics of accessibility learning and teaching • Literature is small, dominated by first-person reflections • Initial themes include: – Using tools, standards – Problem/project-based learning – Embedding in HCI – Raising empathy – Involving people with disabilities
  6. 6. Limited pedagogical content knowledge. No significant pedagogical culture for accessibility…yet.
  7. 7. Challenges to the field • Changing nature of accessibility • Visibility of accessibility in the curriculum – Integrate or specialise? • Focus on standards can limit evolution of pedagogy • Limited discussion, comparison, development of methods means limited pedagogical culture and PCK • Capacity-building
  8. 8. Building a Pedagogical Culture • Engaging with pedagogical literature, sharing results • Build a community-level discussion • Rewarding enhanced quality of teaching • Creating diverse research and teaching spaces
  9. 9. Next steps • Deeper thematic analysis of the literature • Maintaining a living collection of the literature – Current location: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/388799/ • Exploring how we can document and share effective teaching methods • Build links with related project at RIT
  10. 10. Thank you! @slewth www.southampton.ac.uk/education/about/staff/sel1d14.pag e @sloandr www.paciellogroup.com

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