Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring the undergraduate experience of Latina students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors: Motivators and strategies for achieving baccalaureate attainment
by Carbajal, Sandy C., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 91; 1598628
Abstract (Summary)

Drawing from Latino/a Critical Race Theory and the related Community Cultural Wealth (CCW) model, I concentrate on three forms of CCW—aspirational, navigational, and resistance capital—for this qualitative study on the undergraduate experience of Latina students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors, focusing on strategies and achieving baccalaureate attainment. I interviewed ten Latina students and asked them questions regarding their educational experiences in STEM majors, what contributed to their degree completion, and the strategies they employed for achieving baccalaureate attainment. I identified and described six themes within the study (the underrepresentation of Latinas in STEM majors, the lack of preparation by academic programs for upper division courses, motivators, involvement, time management, and support networks) that, when combined, contributed to participants’ degree attainment. This study concludes with implications for policy and practice that would allow universities to better assist Latinas in STEM majors to achieve baccalaureate attainment.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Portnoi, Laura
Commitee: Fernandez, Dario, Perez Huber, Lindsay
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Educational psychology, Latin American Studies, Science education, Higher education
Keywords: Baccalaureate attainment, Community cultural wealth, Higher education, Latinas in STEM, STEM education, Women of color
Publication Number: 1598628
ISBN: 978-1-339-03814-8
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