Factors Influencing the Persistence and Non-Persistence of African American Students in Scientific Majors at a Predominantly White University
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The study was qualitative in nature and participant interviews provided the data for the study. Actor network theory was used as a theoretical framework for exploring the factors that caused students to persist or not persist within a scientific major with the major implications of the study being: (1) The persistence of students had more to do with the open and closed networks they participated in rather than their intellect; (2) The student development of networks aligned with their ability to overcome the negative images associated with them in science; (3) Studentsâ development of closed networks were a means of protection.
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