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Black, Brown, Bruised: How Racialized STEM Education Stifles Innovation Study Questions

Updated: Aug 21, 2021

Study Questions for Black, Brown and Bruised: How Racialized STEM Education Stifles Innovation, Ebony O. McGee (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2020).

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Name several challenging experiences for URM students in STEM and that cause “outsize stress” for them. (1-2)

Identify the key questions McGee asks and answers in her book. Then state in your own words what McGee intends to explore in this book. (3)

Identify at least three statistics that show how the health outcomes for Black people lag behind those of the white population (14-17)

Chapter One

What four forces does McGee say drive the “need to increase and diversify” the STEM workforce at colleges and universities? (20)

What percentage of science and engineering students are white and Asian men? What percentage are white and Asian men or women? (21)

McGee states that “the diversity of problem solvers matters more than their individual ability.” Why is this the case? What does diversity bring to the table that makes more diverse teams better problem solvers? (21)

What traits characterize the “pedagogy of solidarity?” How does this pedagogy differ from the Eurocentric paradigm? (22-23)

Describe the “pipeline” image and explain how it is flawed. (24-25)

Define the following terms and why they’re significant for diversifying STEM (28-29):

  • Pan-Africanism

  • Community service learning

  • LatCrit

What is a “phenomenological approach” to research and what is the goal of this method? (30)