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Catalysts of Women's Success in Academic STEM: A Feminist Poststructural Analysis

Description: This study analyzes senior women faculty's discourses about personal and professional experiences they believe contributed to their advancement in academic careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The purpose of the study is to understand factors that activate women's success in STEM disciplines where women's representation has not yet attained critical mass. A poststructuralist emphasis on complexity and changing nature of power relations offers a framework that ill… more
Date: December 2017
Creator: Mullet, Dianna Rose
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Transmedia STEM Intervention Book in Middle School for Educational Change

Description: The world is becoming a global place in which science, technology, engineering and mathematics hold a key to a successful future. To help secure this future it is important to engage students early with relevant curriculum that sparks interest and success in STEM fields. However, education reform occurs slowly, so this paper looked at a potential paradigm that can help to bring about change in a middle school environment that harnesses the long standing strengths of learning and education with … more
Date: May 2016
Creator: Stansell, Alicia
Partner: UNT Libraries
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2D and 3D Fabrication Devices: Can They Improve Spatial Reasoning Skills in Children?

Description: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the potential benefit of two hours of activities involving 2D and 3D fabricators on the spatial reasoning skills of children in Grades 4 and 5, ages 9 to 10, from a private school in Southeast Texas. Can the introduction to hands-on activities with products created with these devices and learning about how these devices operate improve spatial reasoning skills? The research also evaluates the use of the Shapes Test as a valid measure of the spatial reaso… more
Date: August 2016
Creator: Zimmerman, Ellen L
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Persistence Patterns of Mathematics and Science Majors: A Profile of Highly Motivated Freshmen

Description: Despite an increasing demand for college graduates skilled in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics ("STEM") fields, a substantial number of students who choose these majors leave after taking their first-year "gateway" math and science coursework. Research has shown GPA to be a salient predictor of persistence in STEM majors: Students who earn high grades in gateway courses are more likely to continue, and those who earn low grades are more likely to leave. However, a small number … more
Date: August 2016
Creator: Gonzales, Erin E.
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Identification of a Potential Factor Affecting Graduation Rates in STEM for Hispanic Students at the University of North Texas, via Analysis of Nonfiction Science Books in Spanish Language for ELLs in the Dallas ISD Schools

Description: Latinos are the largest minority group in the U.S.; however despite the continuous growth of the Hispanic population, Latinos are severely underrepresented in STEM fields. One of the reasons that might explain why Latinos do not major in STEM is the way they encounter science curriculum in primary school. Students' limited proficiency in English may constrain their science achievement when instruction is delivered exclusively in English. A quantitative analysis with graduation rates in STEM fro… more
Date: August 2016
Creator: Garcia Colin, Monica
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Effect of Makerspace Professional Development Activities on Elementary and Middle School Educator Perceptions of Integrating Technologies with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

Description: This study investigated a Makerspace professional development program, the Makers' Guild, provided to teachers within north Texas over the course of a semester. The research employed a constructionist approach delivered via 2D and 3D technologies during STEM instructional activities within a creative space. Participants reported statistically significant increases in self-reported competence in technology integration, confidence levels toward integrating World Wide Web, Emerging Technologies fo… more
Date: December 2016
Creator: Miller, Jennifer R
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Analysis of Students' Knowledge, Perceptions, and Interest in Engineering Post Teacher Participation in a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Professional Development

Description: This study examined the impact of the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Teachers (RET) in engineering at University of North Texas on students after their teachers' participation in the program. Students were evaluated in terms of self-efficacy, knowledge of engineering, perceptions of engineering, and interest in engineering. A 22-item Likert pre/post survey was used for analysis, and participants included 589 students from six high schools, one middle school, and one magne… more
Date: December 2016
Creator: Reeder, Christina
Partner: UNT Libraries
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STEM Professional Volunteers in K-12 Competition Programs: Educator Practices and Impact on Pedagogy

Description: This mixed methods dissertation study explored how secondary school educators in specific K-12 competition programs recruited and deployed STEM professional volunteers. The study explored which practices were viewed as most important, and how practices related to constructivist pedagogy, all from the viewpoint of educators. The non-positivist approach sought new knowledge without pursuing generalized results. Review of the literature uncovered extensive anecdotal information about current pract… more
Date: December 2016
Creator: Zintgraff, Alfred Clifton
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Key Factors Influencing Retention Rates among Historically Underrepresented Student Groups in STEM Fields

Description: The aim of the study was to identify the factors that have an influence on the completion rates of undergraduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Using Tinto's retention rate theory as the theoretical foundation, data were collected from freshman who were enrolled in the years 2005 to 2008. Results showed gender and first-generation status were significant predictors of STEM completion and time taken to complete the degree. Institutional bias pl… more
Date: December 2018
Creator: Premraj, Divya
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Teacher Self-Efficacy for STEM Talent Development

Description: In order to implement more science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) into K12 classrooms, it is important to find out whether teachers are comfortable with this pedagogy. To determine teachers' current self-efficacy of STEM pedagogy, teachers in a southern state in the United States were asked to enlighten researchers into this phenomenon. Participants were K12 teachers (n = 119) from a public school district undertaking a district-wide STEM initiative. A measure of STEM teacher … more
Date: August 2017
Creator: Margot, Kelly
Partner: UNT Libraries
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[News Script: Award]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, relating a news story.
Date: January 2, 1970, 10:00 p.m.
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Recommended Library Contributions to STEM Retention Based on an LIS Interpretation of the Landmark Study, Talking about Leaving: Why Students Leave the Sciences

Description: Poster presentation for the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Science and Technology Section Program Poster Session. This poster discusses recommended library contributions to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) retention based on a Library and Information Science (LIS) interpretation of a landmark study.
Date: June 19, 2014
Creator: O'Toole, Erin
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Concept Raps versus Concept Maps: A Culturally Responsive Approach to STEM Vocabulary Development

Description: This article argues that the development of rap song lyrics or lyrical concept mapping can be a viable pedagogical alternative to the development of concept maps as a means to reinforce STEM vocabulary.
Date: July 31, 2018
Creator: Young, Jamaal; Young, Jemimah L.; Cason, Marti; Ortiz, Nickolaus; Foster, Marquita & Hamilton, Christina
Partner: UNT College of Education
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STEM or Humanities? Toward a Balance of Interest Fit

Description: Article analyses the relationship between interest fit and career/income outlooks for college students as opposed to the relationship between such outcomes and the nature of the domain.
Date: December 17, 2019
Creator: Bozorg, Hoda Vaziri; Tay, Louis; Parrigon, Scott; Bradburn, Norman M. & Pawelski, James O.
Partner: UNT College of Business
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Robocamp: Encouraging Young Women to Embrace STEM

Description: This paper describes the efforts and results of a plan for actively recruiting students to undergraduate computer science and engineering programs at the University of North Texas (UNT). Such recruitment of students is critical to the country's efforts to increase the number of engineering professionals, and is a priority for the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department at UNT.
Date: February 2009
Creator: Akl, Robert G. & Keathly, David
Partner: UNT College of Engineering
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A Comprehensive Approach to Addressing Gender Equity in STEM Subjects at Four-Year Universities in England

Description: This chapter explores gender disparities in enrollment and persistence in STEM undergraduate education in England. The authors examine the difference in early educational achievement in mathematics and science subjects and students’ plan to study STEM subjects by gender. They also examine women’s odds of studying STEM subjects in England after controlling for academic performance and social class characteristics. The authors also particularly test gendered differences in studying STEM at presti… more
Date: July 12, 2021
Creator: Ro, Hyun; Fernandez, Frank & Alcott, Benjamin
Partner: UNT College of Education
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New Frontiers in Digital Humanities and the Sciences

Description: Video recording of a presentation session at the 2014 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. In this session, presenters discuss new frontiers in digital humanities and the sciences.
Date: September 19, 2014
Duration: 1 hour 1 minute 12 seconds
Creator: Iakovakis, Clarke; Mirza, Rafia; Asim, Sumreen & Ponners, Pamela
Partner: UNT Libraries

Neurodiverse STEM Students and the Academic Library

Description: This presentation discusses about Neurodiverse STEM Students that characterized by neurologically-based variations in patterns of thought or behavior including: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia. The presentation identifies available support in the Academic Library and classroom.
Date: July 19, 2019
Creator: Anderson, Chelsea & O'Toole, Erin
Partner: UNT Libraries
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