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

ISSN Imprimir: 1072-8325
ISSN On-line: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v15.i1.10
pages 1-14

A CLOSER EXAMINATION OF BARRIERS TO PARTICIPATION IN INFORMAL SCIENCE EDUCATION FOR LATINOS AND CAUCASIANS

Brett L. Bruyere
Human Dimension of Natural Resources Department, Environmental Learning Center, Colorado State University
Ethan D. Billingsley
Human Dimension of Natural Resources Department, Environmental Learning Center, Colorado State University
Lori O'Day
Human Dimension of Natural Resources Department, Environmental Learning Center, Colorado State University

RESUMO

Based on quantitative surveys with 323 respondents from two communities in Colorado, the researchers examine the effect of selected barriers (e.g., cost, transportation) and interest levels in science to predict participation in informal science education (ISE). Results indicate that lack of awareness of ISE opportunities is a common barrier for both Latino and Caucasian groups, and interest in ISE is the strongest predictor overall. Other barriers including time, language, and cost are analyzed and discussed as well.