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ERIC Number: EJ758525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
Science Enrichment for African-American Students
Miles, Rhea; Matkins, Juanita Jo
Science Teacher, v71 n2 p36-41 Feb 2004
In spite of the best efforts of educators, too few African-American students are academically succeeding in the science classroom. Ultimately, this lack of achievement has contributed to an under-representation of African-Americans with science degrees and science occupations. This article presents a survey that provides insight into what can help motivate African-American students to pursue careers in science. The survey was administered to 106 African-American students enrolled in elective science classes in four public high schools in a Middle Atlantic state during the 1998-1999 academic school year. The results of the survey demonstrated that teachers, parents, role models and mentors, tutors, people in the community, and participation in a science enrichment program, can be important influences on the students' decisions. The authors recommend teachers, counselors, and school administrators to work together to aid in increasing science career aspirations and implement science enrichment programs designed and targeted toward African-American students to combat illiteracy and create job opportunities for African Americans. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A