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Title Promoting the interest of African American teenage girls in science: What can we learn from an exemplary African American science teacher?
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Degree PhD
Discipline/Department Leadership and Foundations
Degree Level doctoral
University/Publisher Mississippi State University
Abstract This study focused on science teaching that promoted the interest of African American teenage girls in the science classroom of an exemplary African American science teacher. It focused on, observed and examined the planning, teaching and learning strategies used by the science teacher. It also described what the science teacher experienced during her high school years, during college, during her teaching career. The case study approach/method was used for this research to capture the description and examination of the practices of the science teacher. This research described how an African American female science teacher serves as a role model and influence a number of African Americans students, especially girls, who experience careers in science. During the interviews and observations the researcher used a system of record keeping for the study to include note taking, audio taping and pictures. It is evident in the findings that the teacher in this study had qualities of an exemplary teacher according to the research. It is further evident that the teacher served as a role model for her students. The results indicated that the exemplary African America science teacher was motivated by her former African American science teacher that served as a role model. The results in this study implied that the lack of the presence of more exemplary African American science teachers has an impact on the level of interest that African American students have in science. Further, it is implied that there is a great need for more practical research that may lead to closing the gap of missing African American science teachers.
Subjects/Keywords Minority Cultures and Science Education; Exemplary Science Teacher Characteristics; Gender Differences and Interest in Science Educati; Works on Interest; African American Teacher Characteristics and Quali
Contributors Jianzhong Xu (chair); James E. Davis (committee_member); Linda T. Coats (committee_member); D. Kay Brocato (committee_member)
Language en
Rights unrestricted
Country of Publication us
Format application/pdf
Record ID oai:library.msstate.edu:etd-09132015-220051
Repository msstate
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2018-01-03
Grantor MSSTATE

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