Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

4-5-2022 1:30 PM

End Date

4-5-2022 3:00 PM

Subjects

Pacific Islander (PI) Students, Barriers, Motivation, Support, STEM

Advisor

Lisa K. Marriott

Student Level

Undergraduate

Abstract

Pacific Islander (PI) students disproportionately come from low socioeconomic backgrounds and are often first-generation college students. PI students have been historically underserved with limited access to educational resources and support. As a result, PI students face low student retention rates and have reported dissatisfaction with higher education student services. There is little research dedicated to understanding the STEM experiences of PI students related to access, success, and motivational resilience in higher education. This study examines barriers and facilitating factors for motivation among PI students using electronic surveys, focus groups, and group discussions. Participants comprise high school and undergraduates residing in 5 states and territories (Oregon, Hawaii, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam). Student responses were compiled and coded to develop e-feedback for a STEM informatics tool (STEM Assessment and Reporting Tracker) used to enhance STEM motivation for NHPI students. Results describe barriers, supports, and considerations for NHPI motivational resilience in STEM. This work will be explored for its generalizability to other diverse scientific communities to support universal design efforts.

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/37474

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May 4th, 1:30 PM May 4th, 3:00 PM

Barriers and Supports for STEM Motivation for Pacific Islander High School and Undergraduate Students

Pacific Islander (PI) students disproportionately come from low socioeconomic backgrounds and are often first-generation college students. PI students have been historically underserved with limited access to educational resources and support. As a result, PI students face low student retention rates and have reported dissatisfaction with higher education student services. There is little research dedicated to understanding the STEM experiences of PI students related to access, success, and motivational resilience in higher education. This study examines barriers and facilitating factors for motivation among PI students using electronic surveys, focus groups, and group discussions. Participants comprise high school and undergraduates residing in 5 states and territories (Oregon, Hawaii, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam). Student responses were compiled and coded to develop e-feedback for a STEM informatics tool (STEM Assessment and Reporting Tracker) used to enhance STEM motivation for NHPI students. Results describe barriers, supports, and considerations for NHPI motivational resilience in STEM. This work will be explored for its generalizability to other diverse scientific communities to support universal design efforts.