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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
SJR: 0.468 SNIP: 0.671 CiteScore™: 1.65

ISSN Druckformat: 1072-8325
ISSN Online: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v6.i1.30
28 pages

TROUBLED WATERS: WHERE MULTIPLE STREAMS OF INEQUALITY CONVERGE IN THE MATH AND SCIENCE EXPERIENCES OF NONPRIVILEGED GIRLS

Laurel Parrott
Columbus Public Schools
Linda Spatig
Marshall University
Patricia S. Kusimo
Appalachian Educational Laboratory
Carolyn C. Carter
Appalachian Educational Laboratory
Marian Keyes
Appalachian Educational Laboratory

ABSTRAKT

Water is often hardest to navigate at the confluence of individual streams. As they experience math and science, nonprivileged girls maneuver through roiling waters where the streams of gender, ethnicity, poverty, place, and teaching practices converge. Just as waters of separate streams blend, these issues—too often considered separate factors—become blended and difficult to isolate, and the resulting turbulence produces a bumpy ride. We draw on 3 years of qualitative data collected as part of an intervention program to explore the math and science experiences and perceptions of a group of ethnically diverse, low socioeconomic status rural and urban adolescent Appalachian girls. After describing program and community contexts, we explore "opportunity to leant" issues—specifically, expectations, access to content, and support networks—and examine their schooling experiences against visions of science and math reform and pressures for accountability. Data are discussed within a framework of critical educational theory.


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