ERIC Number: EJ1045912
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov-1
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
"Underprepared" and "At-Risk": Disrupting Deficit Discourses in Undergraduate STEM Recruitment and Retention Programming
Castro, Erin L.
Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, v51 n4 p407-419 Nov 2014
This paper highlights deficit-oriented descriptions of underrepresented undergraduate students in STEM intervention programs at large public 4-year universities. Drawing from interview data and using critical discourse analysis, the author identifies how deficit discourses are mobilized among program staff and argues that such descriptions reproduce discriminatory perceptions of underrepresented students. Recommendations for practice are provided as they relate to campus-wide recruitment and retention efforts.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, STEM Education, Interviews, Discourse Analysis, Disproportionate Representation, Educational Discrimination, College Preparation, Student Recruitment, Academic Persistence, At Risk Students, Minority Group Students, Social Attitudes, Mixed Methods Research, Females, Language Usage, Social Bias
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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