Increasing Diversity in the Geosciences: Recruitment Programs and Student Self-Efficacy

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Baber, L. D., Pifer, M. J., Colbeck, C., & Furman, T. (2010). Increasing Diversity in the Geosciences: Recruitment Programs and Student Self-Efficacy, Journal of Geoscience Education, 58(1), 32-42. DOI: 10.5408/1.3544292
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Using a conceptual framework constructed around self-efficacy, this study explores specific recruitment programs that may contribute to the development of self-efficacy for students of color in the geosciences. This mixed methods study of geoscience education includes quantitative analysis of the Summer Experience in Earth and Mineral Science Program and qualitative analysis of the Summer Research Opportunity Program. Findings identify programmatic components that fostered self-efficacy, thus contributing to students‟ continued interest in careers in geoscience. This study has potential implications for higher education institutions interested in cultivating programs that attract, support, and retain students of color through various stages of the geoscience education pipeline.

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