Title

Black High Achieving Undergraduate Mathematics Majors Discuss Success and Persistence in Mathematics.

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Negro Educational Review

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

Experiences of eight Black high-achieving college junior and senior mathematics majors are examined to discern which social and cultural factors shape success and persistence in mathematics. College persistence literature as well as mathematics education studies that document Black students' success in mathematics were used as frameworks to understand students' success and persistence in mathematics. Findings indicate that these students' success in mathematics was shaped by their participation in accelerated academic programs, access to advanced mathematics coursework, as well as support by their family, peers, and teachers. They also collectively agreed that their participation in college scholarship programs provided them with a variety of resources, particularly faculty and peer support; all were instrumental to these students' success as mathematics majors.

Keywords

Education

Disciplines

Education

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