Latino Faculty in STEM Disciplines: Motivation to Engage in Research Activities
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The scarcity of underrepresented faculty members in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines is an issue of great concern to education researchers and scholars alike. Despite their low representation, many minority faculty are able to remain motivated, even when facing barriers due to their ethnicity. I present findings from a pilot study that sought to use self-determination theory to understand the research motivation of 15 Latino faculty members within the STEM disciplines. Data reveal that conducting meaningful research, producing "high-quality" scholarship, and feeling connected to others allowed participants to feel intrinsically motivated to engage in their scholarship. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
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