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A scholar-practitioner perspective to promoting minority success in STEM

Megan Covington (Department of Higher Education Student Affairs, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, USA)
Terry Chavis (Department of Higher Education Student Affairs, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, USA)
April Perry (Department of Higher Education Student Affairs, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, USA)

Journal for Multicultural Education

ISSN: 2053-535X

Article publication date: 12 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this conceptual paper is to present the existing research on already effective programmatic efforts designed to increase diversity in STEM fields and to subsequently encourage researchers and practitioners to more intentionally build upon and design effective interventions around this issue.

Design/methodology/approach

Previous research findings accredit this success to various forms of support, such as mentors, study groups, student programs and student organizations (Hurtado et al., 2012; Maton et al., 2000; May and Chubin, 2003).

Findings

Higher education professionals have experienced a rise in concern regarding the alarming disparities of minority students pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors and careers. Because of this, researchers are interested in exploring and addressing some of the reasons.

Originality/value

Through the discussion of ideas for action and the proposing of a theoretical foundation from the field of student development, the authors offer recommendations for future research and strategies to further improve recruitment, retention and performance for minority students in STEM fields.

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Citation

Covington, M., Chavis, T. and Perry, A. (2017), "A scholar-practitioner perspective to promoting minority success in STEM", Journal for Multicultural Education, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 149-159. https://doi.org/10.1108/JME-01-2016-0001

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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