Girls and Women of Color In STEM

Navigating the Double Bind in K-12 Education

Edited by:
Barbara Polnick, Texas A&M University
Julia Ballenger, Texas A&M University, Commerce
Beverly Irby, Texas A&M University
Nahed Abdelrahman, Texas A&M University

A volume in the series: Research on Women and Education. Editor(s): Beverly Irby, Texas A&M University. Julia Ballenger, Texas A&M University, Commerce.

Published 2020

Though there has been a rapid increase of women’s representation in law and business, their representation in STEM fields has not been matched. Researchers have revealed that there are several environmental and social barriers including stereotypes, gender bias, and the climate of science and engineering departments in colleges and universities that continue to block women’s progress in STEM. In this book, the authors address the issues that encounter women of color in STEM in higher education.

Foreword. Introduction: An Overview of K–12 Issues Related Women and Girls of Color in STEM. PART I: BUILDING CAPACITY OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL WALLS. Cultivating Hispanic/Latina and African American Females in Reading, Mathematics, and Science (Charms) for STEM at the Elementary School: Results of One Project, Patricia J. Larke, Gwendolyn Webb-Hasan, Teresa Jimarez, and Yeping Li. Plugging the Leaks in the STEM Pipeline: Nurturing Early Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Among Girls of Color, Charlease Kelly-Jackson. UNO EUREKA!-STEM: Doing Something About the Double Bind, Carol T. Mitchell and Amelia Tangeman. PART II: BUILDING CAPACITY INSIDE THE SCHOOL WALLS. “We Stumble, Fall, Get Up, and Continue Walking”: Latina Students’ Attitudes Towards Science, Kathryn Scantlebury and Beth Wassell. Developing STEM Ambitions: An Examination of Inequality by Gender and Race/Ethnicity, Catherine Riegle-Crumb, Karisma Morton, and Sarah Blanchard. Black Women and Girls, Science Achievement, and Education Policy: Black Feminist and Critical Race Feminist Perspectives, Theodorea Regina Berry and Reanna S. Roby. African American Female Achievement in STEM: AP Courses Provide a Different Story? Jemimah L. Young and Jamaal Young. Kenyan Secondary School Students’ Perceptions of Their Science Classroom: Influence of Gender, School Type, and Instructional Context, Lee Shumow and Teresa A. Wasonga. African American Middle School Girls in a Community-Based Informal Program: Mining Rare Gems to Pursue STEM, Natalie S. King, Rose M. Pringle, Mayra L. Cordero, and Natalie Ridgewell. Latina Parental Involvement: Contributions to Persistence in STEM Fields, Katie Brkich, Alejandro J. Gallard Martinez, Alma D. Stevenson, Gillian Bayne, Wesley Pitts, Beth Wassell, Lorena Claeys, and Belinda Bustos Flores. Participation in the Advancing Out-of-School Learning in Mathematics and Engineering Project: Supporting Middle School Latinas’ Bilingual and STEM Identities, Carlos Lópezleiva, Sylvia Celedón-Pattichis, and Marios S. Pattichis. Exploring How School Counselors Position: Low-Income African American Girls As Mathematics and Science Learners: Findings From Year Two Data, Cirecie West-Olatunji, Eunhui Yoon, Lauren Shure, Rose Pringle, and Thomasenia Adams. STEM-ing the Tide: Women of Color Reimagining Their “Place” Through Sociocultural Action, Aria Razfar and Zayoni Torres. About the Editors. About the Contributors.