ERIC Number: ED224384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
How to Increase Minority Participation in Educational Research and Development at Large Universities.
Carter, David G., Sr.
Approaches to increasing minority group participation (women, Chicanos, Native Americans, and Blacks) in educational research and development at large universities are addressed. It is suggested that commitment by a college to increase minority participation in research should be indicated in its mission statement. One of the major problems has been the lack of financial support for the development of researchers. It is suggested that (1) the federal government resume educational professional development grants to help generate a pool of minority researchers, and (2) funding agencies support the following features: competent researchers serving as mentors for prospective minority researchers; monitoring of the new researcher's activities after relocation from the training institution; a long-term investment in programs that develop minority researchers; and seminars, workshops, and conferences to retrain people as researchers. Strategies that universities could employ to develop researchers include: relying on core graduate courses to help students acquire educational research skills; allowing students to develop research skills through thesis work; and employing students as research assistants. Approaches to increasing the number of minority researchers include: recruiting minority students; restructuring teacher education programs toward undergraduate degrees in educational research; encouraging master's degrees in research; providing study options (e.g., evaluation, project management, educational research); and providing postdoctoral fellow programs. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: This paper was identified by a joint project of the Institute on Desegregation at North Carolina Central University and the ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education at The George Washington University. The paper was also presented at the Annual Workshop on Educational Research and Minority Concerns (2nd).