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Article

Publication Date

2016

Abstract

This study explored the factors motivating gifted and talented Black males to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The specific problem addressed was the lack of motivation among Black males to engage in STEM education and STEM careers. The purpose of this study was to examine the factors motivating Black males engaged in STEM in an effort to inform administrators, educators, and programs seeking to increase Black males in STEM. Qualitative methodology was used to conduct focus groups with 20 gifted and talented Black males who currently attend the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), as well as interviews with 25 gifted and talented Black male IMSA alumni. The STEM motivation trends developed are these: STEM is a progressive field which leads to success; learning/discovery of knowledge; solve problems to advance humanity; obligation to Black community/break negative stigmas; passion for STEM/ STEM enjoyment; competitive nature of STEM; and money. This study led to the design of a 5-step motivation-based program to encourage Black males to engage in STEM.

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