Instructors are welcome to use and adapt this lesson for their own courses. Likewise, Dr. Jesse welcomes your feedback. You may contact her here.
Created and shared by Jacqui Jesse, Ed.D., Residential Faculty - Mathematics, Mesa Community College
After completing the Lesson 1: Set Theory Project, in this reflection assignment students will create and conduct a survey related to the cultural dynamics of STEM fields. Instructors are welcome to use and adapt this lesson for their own courses. Likewise, Dr. Jesse welcomes your feedback. You may contact her here.
Review and reflect upon the readings, movie, and work you completed in the Set Theory Project:
Introduction to Culture in Introduction to Sociology
What is Culture? in Introduction to Sociology
Elements of Culture in Introduction to Sociology
Racial, Ethnic, and Minority Groups in Introduction to Sociology
Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination in Introduction to Sociology
Women and Minorities in the Science and Engineering Workforce Data from the Science and Engineering Indicators 2016 Report by the National Science Foundation's National Science Board
Blog post by Dr. Kenneth Gibbs, Jr. on the importance of diversity in STEM fields from Scientific American
Solving the Diversity Dilemma: Changing the Face of the STEM Workforce from changetheequation.org
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
Hidden Figures from 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Based on the knowledge gained during the Set Theory Project and on your own experiences, reflect upon the following questions and post your reflection for your classmates to read.
How and to what extent do culture and experience impact a person’s world view and behavior (in general and with respect to participation in STEM fields)?
What experiences have you had that impact your world view and/or behavior with respect to participation in STEM fields?
How and to what extent do historical events, perspectives, and/or cultures impact societies, human interaction, and human expression (in general and with respect to participation in STEM fields)?
What experiences have you had that impact your ability and desire to participate in STEM classes, degree programs, and/or careers?