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STEM Majors’ Perceptions of Racism and Sexism in STEM
written by Katherine D. Rainey, Melissa H. Dancy, Roslyn Mickelson, Elizabeth Stearns, and Stephanie Moller
We present a small part of a larger interview study of approximately 150 college seniors with diverse gender and race backgrounds completing a STEM degree. In the interviews, students were asked if the experience of being a STEM major was different for people of different genders and races. We report students' perceptions of race and gender differences and their explanations for these differences. Interviewees reported differences based in individuals (i.e. women are not as interested in STEM) as well differences based in sexism and racism (i.e. white men are assumed to be more competent). There were also many interviewees who did not recognize any differences based on gender or race. We found that white men were the least likely to recognize differences for people of other genders and races, whereas women of color were the most likely to recognize these differences. Notably, interviewees were more likely to recognize gender differences than racial ones.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 328-331
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education Foundations
- Sample Population
= Ethnicity or Race
= Gender
- Societal Issues
= Gender Issues
= Race Issues
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2017.pr.077
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0969286
Keywords:
Gender, PERC 2017, Race, Racism, Representation, Sexism
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Metadata instance created February 26, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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March 14, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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K. Rainey, M. Dancy, R. Mickelson, E. Stearns, and S. Moller, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14636&DocID=4813).
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K. Rainey, M. Dancy, R. Mickelson, E. Stearns, and S. Moller, STEM Majors’ Perceptions of Racism and Sexism in STEM, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14636&DocID=4813>.
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Rainey, K., Dancy, M., Mickelson, R., Stearns, E., & Moller, S. (2017, July 26-27). STEM Majors’ Perceptions of Racism and Sexism in STEM. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved May 26, 2022, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14636&DocID=4813
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Rainey, K, M. Dancy, R. Mickelson, E. Stearns, and S. Moller. "STEM Majors’ Perceptions of Racism and Sexism in STEM." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14636&DocID=4813 (accessed 26 May 2022).
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Rainey, Katherine, Melissa Dancy, Roslyn Mickelson, Elizabeth Stearns, and Stephanie Moller. "STEM Majors’ Perceptions of Racism and Sexism in STEM." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 328-331 of PER Conference. 26 May 2022 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14636&DocID=4813>.
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@inproceedings{ Author = "Katherine Rainey and Melissa Dancy and Roslyn Mickelson and Elizabeth Stearns and Stephanie Moller", Title = {STEM Majors’ Perceptions of Racism and Sexism in STEM}, BookTitle = {Physics Education Research Conference 2017}, Pages = {328-331}, Address = {Cincinnati, OH}, Series = {PER Conference}, Month = {July 26-27}, Year = {2017} }
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