1st Edition

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

Edited By Sherry Marx Copyright 2017
    330 Pages
    by Routledge

    330 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.



    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

    List of Contributors



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