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This research snapshot provides an overview of a project led by Yasmiyn Irizarry and Tia Madkins, funded through the SERN K-12 Teachers and Classrooms Research Portfolio. Using both qualitative and quantitative analyses, and by developing and piloting the first large-scale teacher survey to examine secondary mathematics teachers’ beliefs and practices with explicit attention to race, the researchers describe students' experiences within racialized mathematics learning environments and how teachers foster inclusive classroom environments.
Informed by the theoretical lens of opportunity hoarding, this study considers whether STEM postsecondary fields stand apart via the disproportionate exclusion of Black and Latina/o youth. Utilizing national data from the Beginning Postsecondary Study (BPS), the authors investigate whether Black and Latina/o youth who begin college as STEM majors are more likely to depart than their White peers, either by switching fields or by leaving college without a degree, and whether patterns of departure in STEM fields differ from those in non-STEM fields. Results reveal evidence of persistent racial/ethnic inequality in STEM degree attainment not found in other fields.