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Multicultural Perspectives in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Special issue call for papers from Journal for Multicultural Education

Journal for Multicultural Education
Special Issue Call for Papers - Multicultural Perspectives in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Research on STEM education has received particular interest from policymakers, researchers, and STEM educational professionals. There are a number of conferences that focus on STEM education, which include the Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Science Careers Conference, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Conference, and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference to name a few. There is also tremendous interest from U.S. Federal funding agencies like the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health as both fund a number of initiatives aimed at developing and supporting multicultural and diversity efforts. In 2011, Harvard Education Review published a special issue entitled, “Double Bind” focusing specifically on the role of racial minority women in STEM fields. In 2007, the Journal of Negro Education published a special issue entitled, “Looking beyond the Digital Divide: Computers and Technology in Education.” In 2011, New Directions for Institutional Research published a volume entitled, “Students of Color in STEM.” There have also been a number of books published on this topic, which include Emerald’s 2011 publication of “Beyond Stock Stories and Folktales: African Americans’ Paths to STEM Fields” and Routledge’s 2012 publication of “Fostering Success of Ethnic and Racial Minorities in STEM.” There is considerable interest and support for the examination of Multiculturalism within a STEM context.
This special issue will make a new contribution to the literature by focusing on multicultural issues within STEM Education. A number of publications have focused on specific populations and the difficult circumstances as well as the opportunities for that specific groups’ success. This special issue will take a broader look at the challenges and possibilities when engaging diverse constituencies from a Multicultural perspective. In other words, how are organizations and institutions at the K-12 and Higher Education levels engaging students with diverse social identities?

Topics/themes of special interest include, but are not limited to:
STEM in K-12
STEM in Community College
STEM in Higher Education (i.e four year universities)
STEM at the Graduate Level 

The aim of this research is to include cutting edge studies from well-regarded scholars in the field. Authors are expected to include implications for future research, policy and practice.


Deadline for Abstracts: October 1, 2015
Final Manuscript Submission Deadline: January 1, 2016

In the first instance, authors can submit their abstracts, title and authorship information by close of business October 1, 2015 to the Guest Editor at [email protected]. The full manuscripts are due to be submitted via the journal’s ScholarOne system at by January 1, 2016.

Submissions should follow the guidelines given on the Author Guidelines page here.

Please address all questions to the Guest Editor:
Dr Adriel Hilton, [email protected]

About the Guest Editor

Dr. Adriel A. Hilton is an Assistant Professor & Director of the College Student Personnel program at Western Carolina University. He previously served as Assistant Vice President for Inclusion Initiatives at Grand Valley State University (GVSU).  Dr. Hilton is a noted author and presenter, he has numerous publications and proceedings to his credit. Some of his research is published in refereed journals such as the Journal of Research in Education, Journal of African American Males in Education, Teachers College Record, and the Journal of College Student Development.  Dr. Hilton was awarded with the 2010 Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Exemplary Scholarship by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Multicultural/Multiethnic Special Interest Group and is the immediate past chair of the AERA Multicultural/Multiethnic Special Interest Group.