April 16, 2021
April 16, 2021
April 17, 2021
Diversity and Diversity, Inclusion, and Access
This research focused on increasing retention rates and improving academic and career success in the STEM disciplines at an HBCU through a hands-on and mentorship-focused research program. We have utilized the “Scientific Village” model, where students interacted as peers assisting, encouraging, holding each other accountable, and interacted with faculty mentors. Incorporating hands-on research further stimulated and engaged students to enhance interest in STEM curriculum and careers. This was a voluntary, three-year, mixed-method, hands-on research program that tracked a cohort of 60 second-semester STEM students at Benedict College. We conducted a mixed-methods study to examine the impact of a learning community model (the Benedict College Scientific Village), fused with critical pedagogy and hands-on laboratory research, on the collegiate success and retention of minority students in the STEM disciplines.
Darko, S., & Comert, G. (2021, April), Summary of Outcomes from a Scientific Village Learning Community Implementation Paper presented at 2021 Illinois-Indiana Regional Conference, Virtual. 10.18260/1-2--38278
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