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Author Hanson, Sandra L.

Title Swimming against the tide : African American girls and science education / Sandra L. Hanson
Published Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (x, 213 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction: understanding young African American women's experiences in science -- The conceptual framework: a critical-feminist approach -- Young African American women's experiences in science: "Science is like opening a present from your favorite aunt. You just can't wait to open it because you know there is something wonderful and unique inside." -- Influences -- teachers and schools: "They looked at us like we weren't supposed to be scientists" -- Influences -- peers: "I know plenty of girls at my school [who] love science" -- Conclusions: "Science is not about which race likes it better, it is about doing what you like."
Summary "They looked at us like we were not supposed to be scientists," says one young African American girl, describing one openly hostile reaction she encountered in the classroom. In this significant study, Sandra Hanson explains that although many young minority girls are interested in science, the racism and sexism in the field discourage them from pursuing it after high school. Those girls that remain highly motivated to continue studying science must "swim against the tide."Hanson examines the experiences of African American girls in science education using multiple methods of quantitative and qualitative research, including a web survey and vignette techniques. She understands the complex interaction between race and gender in the science domain and, using a multicultural and feminist framework of analysis, addresses the role of agency and resistance that encourages and sustains interest in science in African American families and communities
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-205) and index
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Subject African American girls -- Education -- United States.
Racism in education -- United States.
Science -- Study and teaching -- United States.
Sexism in science -- United States.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008014330
ISBN 1592136230 (electronic bk.)
9781592136230 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)