Unintended consequences: How science professors discourage women of color

TitleUnintended consequences: How science professors discourage women of color
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsJohnson, AC
JournalScience Education
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number00368326
Accession Number26088335
KeywordsALIENATION , ALIENATION (Social psychology) , COLLEGE , COLLEGE environment , COLLEGE science teachers , COLLEGE students , Discrimination , DISCRIMINATION in higher education , educational , EDUCATIONAL anthropology , ETHNICITY , Interviews , Methodology , MINORITY , MINORITY students , RACISM , RACISM in education , Sex , SEX discrimination in education
AbstractThis study examined how sixteen Black, Latina, and American Indian women science students reacted to their undergraduate science classes. Through interviews and attending classes with the students, the author found that the women in the study found three features of science classes particularly discouraging: the size of the lecture classes, asking and answering questions in class, and (in some cases) engaging in undergraduate research. They were negatively impacted by two cultural values: a narrow focus on decontextualized science and the construction of science as a gender-, ethnicity- and race-neutral meritocracy.
NotesJohnson, Angela C. 1; Affiliation: 1: St. Mary's College of Maryland, Educational Studies, 18952 E. Fisher Avenue, St. Mary's City, MD 20686, USA; Source Info: Sep2007, Vol. 91 Issue 5, p805; Subject Term: EDUCATIONAL anthropology; Subject Term: COLLEGE environment; Subject Term: METHODOLOGY; Subject Term: ETHNICITY; Subject Term: DISCRIMINATION in higher education; Subject Term: SEX discrimination in education; Subject Term: COLLEGE students; Subject Term: INTERVIEWS; Subject Term: ALIENATION (Social psychology); Subject Term: MINORITY students; Subject Term: RACISM in education; Subject Term: COLLEGE science teachers; Number of Pages: 17p; Document Type: Article
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