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

dc.contributor.author Watanabe, Jerelyn T.
dc.contributor.department Professional Ed Practice
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-28T20:33:53Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-28T20:33:53Z
dc.date.issued 2017-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/62730
dc.subject belonging
dc.subject persistence
dc.subject feminist methodology
dc.subject women
dc.subject mathematics
dc.subject STEM
dc.title Experiences of Persistence and Belonging: Women Mathematicians in the Academy.
dc.type Thesis
dcterms.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.
dcterms.description Ed.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2017.
dcterms.language eng
dcterms.publisher University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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