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The Digital Lives of African American Tweens, Teens, and Parents: Innovating and Learning with Technology

Abstract

"The results of this study point us to one over-arching conclusion: that the shortage of young African Americans going into tech or STEM fields does not appear to be due to a lack of interest in, enjoyment of, or confidence about using computers. African American youth enjoy learning about new technology, they enjoy using computers, and they have done a lot with computers. But they have a great unmet interest in learning more about computers. There is no lack of aspiration on young people's parts - but the adults, educators, and policymakers in their lives now need to do their part to build the environments that will catalyze those aspirations. The findings from this survey point us toward several key recommendations about how we can best accomplish that goal."

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