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Title: Supporting Near-Peer Women Mentors in Out-of-School Time STEM Programming
Authors: Ju, Bo
Nacu, Denise
Erete, Sheena
Pinkard, Nichole
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Ju, B., Nacu, D., Erete, S., & Pinkard, N. (2023). Supporting near-peer women mentors in out-of-school time STEM programming. In Blikstein, P., Van Aalst, J., Kizito, R., & Brennan, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2023 (pp. 838-841). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This study examined the experiences of near-peer women mentors in an out-of-school time (OST) STEM program for middle school girls of color. 11 mentors reported and reflected upon their overall experiences in interviews. Key findings include that, for example, training is an essential part of mentors’ work; they wish to have more training on pedagogy and more opportunities to bond with other mentors. This study extends the literature on STEM mentoring in OST environments, deepens the understanding of mentors’ experience in STEM programming, and provides important implications for mentor training and OST STEM program design, such as providing opportunities for reflective practices to understand mentor needs, supporting mentors’ non-STEM skill development, involving mentors in working towards the program goal, and fostering community building among women mentors.
Description: Short Paper
Appears in Collections:ISLS Annual Meeting 2023

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