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ERIC Number: EJ960632
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1094-3277
The Case for Summer Bridge: Building Social and Cultural Capital for Talented Black STEM Students
Stolle-McAllister, Kathleen
Science Educator, v20 n2 p12-22 Fall 2011
This study uses focus groups to examine the importance of a pre-college summer bridge program for highly talented black students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Longitudinal data were collected from 134 participants who identified three aspects of Summer Bridge that were particularly helpful: academic, social, and professional. An in-depth approach and emphasis on developing a strong community sets the Meyerhoff Summer Bridge apart from many other orientation programs. Furthermore, by enhancing students' cultural and social capital, the program helps students succeed. The findings illuminate elements of orientation programs that are useful to talented students and offer insight into important means to enhance summer bridge programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland
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