Virginia Grande Castro
doctoral/PhD student at Department of Information Technology, Division of Computer Systems
Virginia Grande is a PhD student in computing education. Her research is focused on role models in computing: how and what we model, and for whom. She's particularly interested in inclusive teaching from an intersectional perspective, that is, considering the intersection of multiple identities for a particular person, e.g. women who are people of color.
Virginia has been an active volunteer for the ACM Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W) since 2014 serving in different roles.
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PhD studies in Computing Education, under the supervision of Mats Daniels (main supervisor), Anders Berglund and Arnold Pears. We are 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 and how they present other role models in their classes, developing a vocabulary around the role modeling in computing phenomenon, and studying the role of culture, to name a few examples.
I am particularly interested in inclusion, from an intersectional perspective. This means that, when I study role modeling, I pay special attention to the case of women and underrepresented minorities, and I consider the intersection of different identities, e.g. women who are people of color.
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