ERIC Number: EJ760111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
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Traveling the Road to Success: A Discourse on Persistence throughout the Science Pipeline with African American Students at a Predominantly White Institution
Russell, Melody L.; Atwater, Mary M.
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, v42 n6 p691-715 Aug 2005
This study focuses on 11 African American undergraduate seniors in a biology degree program at a predominantly white research institution in the southeastern United States. These 11 respondents shared their journeys throughout the high school and college science pipeline. Participants described similar precollege factors and experiences that contributed to their academic success and persistence at a predominantly white institution. One of the most critical factors in their academic persistence was participation in advanced science and mathematics courses as part of their high school college preparatory program. Additional factors that had a significant impact on their persistence and academic success were family support, teacher encouragement, intrinsic motivation, and perseverance.
Descriptors: African American Students, Success, College Seniors, Secondary School Science, College Science, Biology, Science Education, Student Experience, Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, College Preparation, Whites, Disproportionate Representation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Secondary Education
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