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ERIC Number: EJ1048573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0162-5748
Considering the Interest-Convergence Dilemma in STEM Education
Baber, Lorenzo DuBois
Review of Higher Education, v38 n2 p251-270 Win 2015
This study examines tensions between universalist ideology and racial/ethnic inequalities in STEM education. Using data collected from qualitative interviews with STEM diversity administrators at 10 research-intensive, public universities, the study considers programmatic goals through an interest-convergence framework. Emerging patterns reveal approaches to STEM diversity that must align with departmental norms to gain general support. Administrators find limited opportunities to challenge structural practices that marginalize underrepresented students in STEM. Implications for sustainable diversity efforts in STEM education are considered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A