ERIC Number: EJ1054426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Navigating Underrepresented STEM Spaces: Experiences of Black Women in U.S. Computing Science Higher Education Programs Who Actualize Success
Charleston, LaVar J.; George, Phillis L.; Jackson, Jerlando F. L.; Berhanu, Jonathan; Amechi, Mauriell H.
Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, v7 n3 p166-176 Sep 2014
Women in the United States have long been underrepresented in computing science disciplines across college campuses and in industry alike (Hanson, 2004; Jackson & Charleston, 2012). This disparity is exacerbated when African American women are scrutinized. Additionally, prior research (e.g., Hanson, 2004; Jackson & Charleston, 2012; Jackson, Gilbert, Charleston, & Gosha, 2009) suggests a need to better understand this underrepresented group within computing--a field in dire need of additional skilled workers. Using critical race feminism and Black feminist thought as theoretical underpinnings, this study examined the experiences of Black female computing aspirants at various levels of academic status. In doing so, this research captures the unique challenges that participants experience in their respective academic computing science environments, as well as how participants navigate this historically White, male-dominated field.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Disproportionate Representation, Computer Science, Computer Science Education, Higher Education, African Americans, Females, Student Experience, Womens Education, Womens Studies, Phenomenology, Qualitative Research, Focus Groups, College Students, Barriers, Social Isolation, Feminism, Gender Bias, Coping, Student Attitudes
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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