Today's Computer Science Education Week interview is with Jane Margolis and Joanna Goode. They both studying gender and race in computer science and looking for ways to broaden participation in computing and are two of the authors of Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing. Here's a taste of their interview:
How do you think the field of computer science changed over the years?
A decade ago the image of a computer scientist was someone working in isolation, squirreled behind the computer screen, talking to no one but other “number crunchers,” but now because computing is so critical to the innovation in the arts, science, communication, to everything that makes science and culture swing at this moment, the image of computer science is changing, and to be a computer “geek” seems to be much more cool than it used to be. Computer science is not as off on its own as it once was. It is now the discipline that is creating exciting developments across an array of disciplines and professions. As a result, it seems as if an interdisciplinary perspective is much more valued within computer science itself.
Check out the rest of their answers and watch for new interviews all week.