Family Creative Learning Research

The Family Creative Learning team at the University of Colorado Boulder conducts research to study the community of learning that emerges among families, facilitators, and staff at the community-based organizations — and what structures supports this community of learning. This research enables the team to continually improve the Family Creative Learning model and to share best practices and insights with other informal learning organizations and researchers interested in supporting families and facilitators.

Below is a list of published articles and upcoming work. The research, design, and development of Family Creative Learning has been supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (LG-96-17-0176-17), the National Science Foundation (#1908351), and the CU Boulder Office for Outreach and Community Engagement.


Roque, R. and Widman, S. (2021, In Press) Engaging families in computational literacy opportunities. In Lopez, E., Mehra, B., & Caspe, M. (Eds.), A Librarian’s Guide to Engaging Families in Learning. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Roque, R. (2020) Building Projects, Building Relationships: Designing for Family Learning. In Holbert, N., Berland, M., & Kafai, Y. (Eds.), Designing Constructionist Futures: The Art, Theory, and Practice of Learning Designs. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Roque, R. (2020) Qualities of Identity Resources in Creative Computing. In Gresalfi, M. & Horn, I.S., The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences: The International Conference ofthe Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 1 (pp. 207-214). Nashville, TN: International Society of the Learning Sciences.

Roque, R. and Stamatis, K. (2019). It’s about relationships: Examining facilitation as a relational practice. Proceedings in the 2019 Connected Learning Summit. Irvine, CA.

Widman, S. and Roque, R. (2019). Parent perspectives on interfacing with computing opportunities in library settings. Proceedings in the 2019 Connected Learning Summit. Irvine, CA.

Roque, R. and Jain, R. (2018). Becoming facilitators of creative computing in out-of-school settings. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences. London.

Roque, R. (2016) Family Creative Learning: Designing structures to engage kids and parents as computational creators. (Doctoral Thesis). Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

Roque, R., Lin, K., Liuzzi, R. (2016). "I'm not just a mom": Parents developing multiple roles in creative computing. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences. Singapore.

Roque, R. (2016). Family Creative Learning. In Peppler, K., Kafai, Y., & Halverson, E. (Eds.) Makeology in K-12, Higher, and Informal Education. New York, NY: Routeledge.