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Beyond Stock Stories and Folktales: African Americans' Paths to STEM Fields Vol: 11

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20 Sep 2011
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
350 pages - 156 x 234 x 30mm
Diversity in Higher Education


Ask practically any academic department chair why they do not have more African Americans among faculty members and they generally respond with stock stories or folktales, which stimulated the title of this volume. Stock stories are akin to grand narratives that explain 'why things are' in ways that satisfy those in dominant positions. Frierson and Tate argue it is time to move beyond these. The purpose of the book is to provide historical, conceptual, and empirically-based analyses focused on the development of African Americans in STEM fields. There is rarely any real understanding of the uneven contours of the education pipeline or the transition to academic life experienced in these situations and this volume will shed light on opportunities to advance African American attainment in STEM disciplines throughout the academic and professional spectra, and the mitigation of disparities that continue to be so prevalent. The editors hope that it will generate discussions and actions that are based on empirical evidence and policy analyses, rather than long standing stock stories and folktales that misrepresent the paths linked to African Americans' attainment in STEM fields.
List of Contributors. Preface. Foreword. Chapter 1 Undergraduate Institutions that Foster Black Scientists. Chapter 2 African-American, Academically Gifted, Millennial Students in STEM Disciplines at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): Factors that Impact Successful Degree Completion. Chapter 3 African American Males in the Meyerhoff Scholars Program: Outcomes and Processes. Chapter 4 The Relationship Between Academic Self-Concept and Career Self-Efficacy Among African-American Males in STEM Disciplines at Two Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An Exploratory Study. Chapter 5 Postsecondary Educational Aspirations and Expectations Among School-Age Black Males: Monitoring the Future of Black Men in STEM Fields. Chapter 6 Black Men in the STEM fields at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Chapter 7 Reflecting and Defying Tradition: African-American Women in STEM. Chapter 8 Black Women Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Perspectives for a National Imperative. Chapter 9 Successful PHD Pathways to Advanced STEM Careers for Black Women. Chapter 10 Sense of Belonging and African-American Student Success in STEM: Comparative Insights Between Men and Women. Chapter 11 Maximizing Returns on Public Investments: Mentoring African American Males in STEM Disciplines. Chapter 12 What Type of Institutions are Successful at Replicating the Diversity of the Full-Time Student Population in the Pool of Bachelor's Degrees Awarded for STEM-Disciplines?. Chapter 13 African American Faculty in Science and Engineering: The Illusion of Inclusion. Chapter 14 Future Faculty/Research Scientist Mentoring Program: Proven Coping Strategies for Successful Matriculation of African Americans in Computing Science Doctoral Programs. Chapter 15 Ten in 10: A Reflective Examination of how a University in the South Graduated 10 African American Computer Science Ph.D.s in 10 Years. Chapter 16 STEM Blind Spots: Moving Beyond Stock Stories and Folktales. Beyond Stock Stories and Folktales: African Americans’ Paths to STEM Fields. Diversity in higher education. Diversity in higher education. Copyright page.

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