Understanding why underrepresented students pursue ecology careers: a preliminary case study

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2007
Authors:M. J. Armstrong, Berkowitz, A. R., Dyer, L. A., Taylor, J.
Journal:Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Pagination:415 - 420
Date Published:2007///
ISBN Number:1540-9295
Keywords:development, ecology, POPULATIONS

While the literature can tell us something about the number of people from underrepresented populations in science, there is scant evidence to explain why ecology in particular has among the lowest proportions of underrepresented students and professionals of any science. We conducted a case study of 39 Affican-American students from ESA’s Strategies for Ecology Education, Development, and Sustainability program, focusing on the factors that influenced their choice of an ecology career pathway. Although the case study includes only African-American students, we review the literature pertaining to all minority groups in science. Our results indicate that family support in particular, along with research experience and a positive view of an ecology career, are important factors in a student’s decision to pursue this career path

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