Monday, August 15, 2016
Keeping minorities in science careers
By persistence, they mean translating initial interest into confidence of success, so the students "persist" in their quest to be in these fields.
A new paper in the journal CBE-Life Sciences education, done by researchers at the University of Wisconsin, says some variables relating to persistence are dubbed self-efficacy beliefs.
Among these is the confidence that one can do a task.
They studied 600 undergrads seeing if they could conduct independent research, prepare a poster or presentation, or were being mentored.
Funding agencies want quantifiable data that they will get a return on their investment--that the students will stick and persist.
African-American men self-reported greater anxiety about their research performance. The rates of this group attaining a degree have not risen in the last decade.
This is fine for defining persistence or lack of it--but how does an organization promote it?