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Research-based Information on Diverse 21st Century Students

Presented on July 1, 2014 to Darling Marine Center Faculty & Staff

Below are the resources that were mentioned in the presentations by Annette deCharon, Senior Marine Education Scientist, University of Maine, Chris Cash, IBP Director of Student Assistance Programs, Dr. J. Theodore Repa, Touro College & New York University Graduate School of Education (retired) and David Siegfried, IBP Director of Assessment Processes. The presenters invite you to contact them with any questions or for follow-up discussions on the topic of supporting diversity in STEM.

Research-based Information on Diverse 21st Century Students & Resources to Help Them Thrive in SBS

Presenter: Annette deCharon,

"The times, they are a changin'..." In this presentation, Annette deCharon highlights some of the changes taking place in undergraduate education and STEM careers, including an overview of the current demographics of STEM fields and the attributes of the new "21st Century Student."

  • Presentation - PowerPoint (PPTX, 3.56 MB), PDF (PDF, 3.61 MB)
  • 21st Century Skills: Preparing Students for THEIR Future - PDF (PDF, 109 KB)
  • 21st Century Skills - Concept Map (JPG, 152 KB)
  • PCAST Report on the 21st Century Student - PDF (PDF, 2.98 MB)
  • Types of active learning that have been demonstrated to enhance learning. - Image (PNG, 211 KB)
  • The Changing National Landscape of Science Education (National Academies of Sciences) Presentation by Jay Labov - PowerPoint (Power Point, 6.02 MB)

Semester By the Sea: Instructing Students With Diverse Backgrounds

Presenter: J. Theodore Repa,

Highlighting his extensive background teaching international students both in the U.S. and abroad, Dr. Repa shares some of his insights into more effectively instructing students from diverse backgrounds - including practical tips for the undergraduate classroom.

  • Presentation outline - Document (DOCX, 17 KB)
  • Example course syllabus -Document (DOCX, 17 KB)
  • Course assignment example 1 - Document (DOCX, 19 KB)
  • Course assignment example 2 - Document (DOCX, 12 KB)

Mentoring for a Diverse STEM workforce

Presenter: David Siegfried, IBP

David Siegfried provided some cultural context for mentoring, as well as some strategies for being a "culturally competent" mentor. The resources below were referenced in the presentation.

  • Entering Mentoring: A Seminar to Train a New Generation of Scientists - PDF
  • Betty Neal Crutcher. 2007. “Mentoring Across Cultures.” Academe 93 (4): 44-48 - PDF
  • Connerley, Mary L., and Paul B. Pedersen. Leadership in a Diverse and Multicultural Environment: Developing Awareness, Knowledge, and Skills. 1 edition. Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE Publications, Inc, 2005. - Book (Amazon link)
  • Kennedy, Peter. “Learning Cultures and Learning Styles: Myth-Understandings about Adult (Hong Kong) Chinese Learners.” International Journal of Lifelong Education 21, no. 5 (September 1, 2002): 430–45. - PDF (PDF, 199 KB)
  • Geert Hofstede Center - Website
  • Hooker, John. 2003. Working Across Cultures. 1 edition. Stanford, Calif: Stanford Business Books. - Book (Amazon link)
  • Mentoring Physical Oceanography Women to Increase Retention - PDF (PDF, 209 KB)
  • American Institutes for Research. A Literature Review of STEM Graduate Education. October 1, 2009. - Report (PDF, 513 KB), Website
  • Using Social Media to Build Diversity in Your REU (IBP) - PDF (PDF, 565 KB)

IBP Online Resources

Presenter: Chris Cash, IBP

Chris Cash provided an overview of the IBP "Pathways to Science" website, including the search page for undergraduate and graduate student programs, the faculty resources, and mentoring manual.

  • Pathways to Science - Website
  • IBP Mentoring Manual - Website
  • Student Program Search - Website
  • Resource Library - Website
  • Handout: IBP & COSEE-OS Webinars - PDF (PDF, 1.93 MB)
  • IBP/COSEE "Pathways to Science" Webinar Archives - Website