ERIC Number: ED285751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May
Reference Count: 0
Minorities: Their Underrepresentation and Career Differentials in Science and Engineering. Proceedings of a Workshop (Washington, D.C., November 21, 1986).
Dix, Linda S., Ed.
The substantial underrepresentation of minority groups such as Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans in the United States science and engineering labor force is perceived by many to be a matter of national concern. This report documents a workshop, sponsored jointly by the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences, which attempts to examine the causes and patterns of this underrepresentation at all educational levels and in the work force. The workshop was designed to review both the statistical trends of minority participation in science and engineering and the body of research that seeks to explain the differences in the participation rates of minorities. Some of the variables cited as possible impediments to minority students' pursuit of coursework in these areas include: (1) low socioeconomic status of the family; (2) lower expectations held for minority students than for their White peers; (3) insufficient counseling and remedial programs; (4) inferior precollege educational opportunities; (5) inadequate financial aid; (6) lack of minority role models and mentors; and (7) lack of well-organized institutional recruitment and admissions programs. Four commissioned papers and four critiques of the papers are presented in full. Also included are a summary of the open discussions, a copy of the workshop agenda, and a list of the attendees. (TW)
Descriptors: American Indians, Blacks, College Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Engineering Education, Engineers, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Minority Groups, Science and Society, Science Curriculum, Science Instruction, Scientists, Secondary School Science
National Academy Press, Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418 (free).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel.