Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls and by Sandra Hanson

By Sandra Hanson

“They checked out us like we weren't alleged to be scientists,” says one younger African American lady, describing one brazenly opposed response she encountered within the school room. during this major examine, Sandra Hanson explains that even supposing many younger minority women have an interest in technology, the racism and sexism within the box discourage them from pursuing it after highschool. these ladies that stay hugely prompted to proceed learning technological know-how needs to “swim opposed to the tide.” Hanson examines the reports of African American ladies in technological know-how schooling utilizing a number of equipment of quantitative and qualitative examine, together with an internet survey and vignette concepts. She is aware the advanced interplay among race and gender within the technology area and, utilizing a multicultural and feminist framework of study, addresses the function of business enterprise and resistance that encourages and sustains curiosity in technological know-how in African American households and groups.

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You don’t always have to ‘belong’. ” 13. “Initial response was ‘girl don’t let that discourage you from becoming a scientist’. ” 14. “I encourage people like LaToya. ” 15. “I think LaToya needs to talk with her teacher to try and find out what the problem is. ” 16. ” 17. “LaToya does belong in science. ” 18. “I think she shouldn’t worry about what color people are sitting next to her, just be happy she’s doing something she loves to do. ” See LaToya’s Interest in Science 1. ” 2. ” 3. ” 4. ” 5. “I admire LaToya for her interest in science.

2. “I don’t hate science. It’s just not my favorite subject. ” 3. “The sciences were just not my strong suit. I was more interested in words and how to put them together for effective communication. I loved reading and books. The numbers, formulas, and experiments in science and math did not interest me. 3 ▪ 41 Continued 4. ” 5. “Science never really interested me. It requires a lot of studying, going to the lab, and researching a lot of different things. ” Science Is Too Analytic 1. ” 2. ” Conclusions Some have argued that since women perform less well in science than men, and minorities do less well than whites, there will be a double disadvantage for young African American women in science (Clewell and Anderson, 1991; Cobb, 1993; Vining Brown, 1994).

In spite of these differences, the results from the Web survey are consistent with the NELS data. There are significant differences by race on most of the science outcomes. On some outcomes, the young white women score higher. As in NELS, they report receiving higher grades in science. Like the “interest” question in NELS, the young white women here are more likely to say they like science. Additionally, there is a significant difference favoring the young white women in the Web survey on the “good in science” question although there was none in NELS on the “does well in science” question.

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