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ERIC Number: ED502064
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Latinos in STEM Professions: Understanding Challenges and Opportunities for Next Steps. A Qualitative Study Using Stakeholder Interviews
Taningco, Maria Teresa V.
Tomas Rivera Policy Institute
Discrepancies in education outcomes between Latinos and their non-Hispanic white counterparts have been previously observed and analyzed, yet the problem still persists. This study aims to give a voice to key stakeholders who can inform policymakers, programs and foundations on how to employ effective strategies to increase Latino participation in the professions of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The responses from these stakeholders reinforce the existence of the various barriers and challenges outlined in the report, as well as the solutions recommended to empower and prepare Latino students, including the importance of mentoring, teacher preparation, and parental support. This is a qualitative study that seeks to understand the "why and the how" of Latino participation in STEM careers. This Tomas Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI) study has the following specific objectives: (1) To draw lessons learned from the challenges and opportunities faced by successful Latinos in STEM careers; (2) To gauge the future need for STEM professionals which should inform how best to prepare Latinos for careers in the STEM sectors; (3) To better prepare Latino students academically as well as motivate them to choose and complete STEM degrees; and (4) To determine next steps and ensure collaboration among the major stakeholders. (Contains 1 footnote.) [For companion literature review, see ED502063.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: IBM International Foundation
Authoring Institution: Tomas Rivera Policy Institute
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A