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ERIC Number: EJ1087889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Perceptions about the Role of Race in the Job Acquisition Process: At the Nexus of Attributional Ambiguity and Aversive Racism in Technology and Engineering Education
Niemann, Yolanda Flores; Sánchez, Nydia C.
Journal of Technology Education, v27 n1 p41-55 Fall 2015
This study explored the role of race in the negative job acquisition outcomes of African American graduates of a federally funded multi-institution doctoral training program. Because the credentials of African American graduates were similar, equal to, and/or, in some cases, exceeded those of their white peers, qualifications were ruled out as contributing to negative job outcomes. Further examination indicated that among the likely factors accounting for job acquisition outcomes were: tokenism; aversive racism; microaggressions; and inadequate professional development for graduates entering a White-male-dominated field. Recommendations for practice suggest amending graduate programming to include anticipatory socialization relative to being a member of a historically underrepresented group in the field, and mentorship that can help diffuse the impacts of tokenism and facilitate career success in academia.
Descriptors: Mentors, Technology Education, Engineering Education, Race, Racial Factors, Ambiguity (Context), Racial Bias, African American Employment, African American Students, Doctoral Programs, African Americans, Disproportionate Representation, Negative Attitudes, College Graduates, Professional Development, Tokenism, Gender Bias, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Comparable Worth, Semi Structured Interviews
Journal of Technology Education. Web site: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/JTE
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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