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Qualitative Research in STEM
Studies of Equity, Access, and Innovation

Edited By

Sherry Marx

ISBN 9781138937130
Published July 19, 2016 by Routledge
330 Pages

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Book Description

Qualitative Research in STEM examines the groundbreaking potential of qualitative research methods to address issues of social justice, equity, and sustainability in STEM. A collection of empirical studies conducted by prominent STEM researchers, this book examines the experiences and challenges faced by traditionally marginalized groups in STEM, most notably culturally and linguistically diverse students and women. Investigations into these issues, as well as the high dropout rate among engineering students and issues of academic integrity in STEM, come with detailed explanations of the study methodologies used in each case. Contributors also provide personal narratives that share their perspectives on the benefits of qualitative research methodologies for the topics explored. Through a variety of qualitative methodologies, including participatory action research, Indigenous research, and critical ethnography, this volume aims to reveal and remedy the inequalities within STEM education today.

Table of Contents



Sherry Marx

  1. "I am an innovator:" Quahn’s Counter-narrative of Becoming in STEM
  2. Angela Calabrese Barton, Myunghwan Shin, and LaQuahn Johnson

  3. "I come because I make toy.": Examining Nodes of Criticality in an Afterschool Science & Engineering (SE) Club with Refugee Youth
  4. Edna Tan and Beverly Faircloth

  5. Sociocultural Analysis of Engineering Design: Latino High School Students’ Funds of Knowledge and Implications for Culturally Responsive Engineering Education
  6. Joel Alejandro Mejia

  7. Bruised But Not Broken: African American Women Persistence in Engineering Degree Programs in Spite of Stereotype Threat
  8. Sherry Marx

  9. Examining Academic Integrity in the Postmodern: Undergraduates’ Use of Solutions to Complete Textbook-based Engineering Coursework
  10. Angela Minichiello

  11. Engineering Dropouts: A Qualitative Examination of Why Undergraduates Leave Engineering
  12. Matthew Meyer and Sherry Marx

  13. nitâcimowinis: A research story in Indigenous Science Education
  14. Jeff Baker

  15. From Ambivalences toward Self-Efficacy: Bilingual Teacher Candidates' Shifting Sense of Knowing as Conocimiento with STEM
  16. Anita Bright and G. Sue Kasun

  17. Examining the Non-Rational in Science Classrooms: Girls, Sustainability, and Science Education
  18. Kim Haverkos

  19. Seven Types of Subitizing Activity Characterizing Young Children’s Mental Activity
  20. Beth L. MacDonald and Jesse L. M. Wilkins

  21. Orienting Students to One Another and to the Mathematics During Discussions

Elham Kazemi and Adrian Cunard

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Sherry Marx is Associate Professor of English as Second Language (ESL) Education, Multicultural Education, and Qualitative Research Methods at Utah State University.