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Experiences of Persistence and Belonging: Women Mathematicians in the Academy.

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Title:Experiences of Persistence and Belonging: Women Mathematicians in the Academy.
Authors:Watanabe, Jerelyn T.
Contributors:Professional Ed Practice (department)
feminist methodology
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Date Issued:Aug 2017
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:This qualitative study analyzed the stories of six women mathematicians to deepen
understanding of the challenges and successes they experienced as women academics in a male
dominated field. Findings from 12 semi-structured interviews showed that academic mindsets of
belonging and persistence contributed to the participants’ successes in spite of implicit racism
and sexism in the academy. Data aligned with existing belonging frameworks that linked selfperception
with experiences of support and involvement, and where belonging led to persistence,
a common measure of success. In additional findings, a participant’s internal measure of success
was defined by the interrelationship of confidence, persistence and belonging and a participant’s
persistence sometimes led to her belonging through not belonging, caring belonging, belonging
on her terms, or belonging through agency. All the participants were active in support of
increasing diversity in mathematics; they suggested changes to the structures of the academy,
shared examples of personal agency and the importance of supporting women students
financially and through thoughtful pedagogies.
Description:Ed.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2017.
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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