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ERIC Number: EJ1055926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2165-1434
Qualitative Investigation of the Influence of STEM Mentors on Youth with Disabilities
Powers, Laurie E.; Schmidt, Jessica; Sowers, Jo-Ann; McCracken, Kasey
Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, v38 n1 p25-38 May 2015
Very little systematic research has been conducted on mentoring of youth with disabilities, especially science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) mentoring. This article describes findings from a qualitative study, conducted as a component of an explanatory, sequential mixed-methods investigation of the outcomes and processes of a STEM mentoring intervention for high school-aged youth with disabilities, provided by mentors with and without disabilities. Focus groups were conducted with 30 youth, 30 parents, and 28 mentors following their participation in a randomized trial of a mentoring intervention. Key themes include the benefits of mentoring for STEM career development, especially for older youth; the importance of relationship development, encouraging guidance, and participation in experiential activities; and personality and interest compatibility in successful mentor-mentee matching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: HRD-0834195