ERIC Number: EJ1111439
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
Beyond Academic and Social Integration: Understanding the Impact of a STEM Enrichment Program on the Retention and Degree Attainment of Underrepresented Students
Lane, Tonisha B.
CBE - Life Sciences Education, v15 n3 Article 39 Sep 2016
The current study used a case study methodological approach, including document analysis, semistructured interviews, and participant observations, to investigate how a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) enrichment program supported retention and degree attainment of underrepresented students at a large, public, predominantly white institution. From this study, a model emerged that encompassed four components: proactive care, holistic support, community building, and catalysts for STEM identity development. These components encompassed a number of strategies and practices that were instrumental in the outcomes of program participants. This paper concludes with implications for practice, such as using models to inform program planning, assessment, and evaluation.
Descriptors: Social Integration, STEM Education, Disproportionate Representation, Educational Attainment, School Holding Power, Case Studies, Content Analysis, Semi Structured Interviews, Focus Groups, Participant Observation, Outcomes of Education, Research Universities, Mathematics Curriculum, Science Curriculum, Institutional Characteristics, Minority Group Students, Enrichment Activities, White Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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