The Journal of Transformative Leadership in Policy Studies, June 2014 issue Volume 4 Number 1 published a Doctoral STEM report entitled, “Factors Promoting Inclusion and Success for Underrepresented High School Students in STEM” co authored by doctorate students Katirina Pimentel and Randy Kilmartin.
The focus of this study was to ascertain the best practices and policies for school leaders in recruiting, supporting, and retaining underrepresented students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) courses while encouraging STEM related career fields. This report synthesizes empirical research at two comprehensive high schools in Northern California funded through a CSU Doctoral Research Fellowship. The policy implications from this study are central to promoting access and inclusion in STEM education and future career pathways. Schools need to market and advertise their STEM programs and begin recruiting within their school, particularly at the middle school level. It was clear from this research that the initial “curiosity” that is promoted by the STEM curriculum needs to be fostered so that students continue to be interested in STEM once they get to high school.
Read the full report @ http://www.csus.edu/coe/academics/doctorate/jtlps/issues/4-1/index.html