Recruiting Appalachian Girls to STEM Educational and Career Paths
Reagan Curtis, Gary Winn, Robin Hensel, Philip Adu, West Virginia University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-84-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Adapting a social stress model for Appalachian STEM educational/career recruitment, we argue traditional recruiting and retention methods are not efficacious for Appalachian girls. A survey of 107 high school sophomores and juniors suggested ways recruiting and retention efforts should be modified to attract more Appalachian girls to engineering. These Appalachian girls reported higher confidence than boys in their abilities in time management, difficult math, and college work. They preferred support from same sex peers when making college/major decisions and from same sex peers and professors if experiencing difficulty in college classes. The need is clear for more gender specific peer support and role models to attract and retain Appalachian girls in engineering educational/career paths.
Curtis, R., Winn, G., Hensel, R. & Adu, P. (2011). Recruiting Appalachian Girls to STEM Educational and Career Paths. In M. Koehler & P. Mishra (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2011--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1447-1454). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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