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Department of Information Technology

Virginia Grande Castro

PhD student at Department of Information Technology, Vi3; Computing Education Research

+4618-471 3176
Visiting address:
Room POL 104281 hus 10, Lägerhyddsvägen 1
Postal address:
Box 337
751 05 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Virginia Grande (they/them), is a PhD candidate at UpCERG (the Uppsala Computing Education Research Group) with a background in computer engineering. Virginia Grande’s PhD thesis includes a framework that supports reflections on role modeling from the perspectives of awareness and intention, what one can model and the main actors in this phenomenon.

Their work is inspired by their teaching experience and volunteering for the ACM and, in particular, the ACM Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W).

Keywords: phd student upcerg role models computing education identity and belonging

PhD studies in Computing Education, under the supervision of Mats Daniels (main supervisor) from Uppsala University (UU), Anne-Kathrin Peters (from KTH), Anders Berglund (UU) and Päivi Kinnunen (University of Helsinki). I am part of the Uppsala Computing Education Research Group (UpCERG). I am also one of the PhD students in UpRiSE, the Uppsala Research School in Subject Education.

My research is focused on role models. This involves work such as analyzing the experiences of teachers in computing as role models for their students, of students reflecting on themselves as role models for others in the course, and generally on people in computing who may be emulated by others. I am developing a framework as a way of thinking of role modeling from the role model's perspective, based on who is part of this phenomenon, what can be modeled (e.g. professional competencies, emotions, types of care), how, and why. I approach these questions with others using theories from ethics and identity research.

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Virginia Grande Castro