Opposing effects of impulsivity and mindset on sources of science self-efficacy and STEM interest in adolescents

Parents and educators might know the challenges of gaining and holding the interest of children with diagnosed impulsivity conditions (e.g. ADHD). An OSU College of Education researcher has published research in PLOS ONE that shows that impulsivity actually affects more students than just those officially diagnosed with it, and that impulsivity across secondary students is associated with lower interest and self-efficacy in STEM subjects. Dr. Jana Bouwma-Gearhart, working as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers from OHSU and PSU, found that this effect can be counteracted with mindset interventions through which students learn the importance of effort when learning is difficult. Overall, the data suggests that impulsivity and mindset are interconnected in terms of influence on students’ STEM success.



Understanding racial literacy through acts of (un)masking: Latinx teachers in a new Latinx diaspora community

Dr. Soria Colomer, Assistant Professor in Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in the College of Education, has a new article published in the Journal of Race Ethnicity and Education.  This study analyzes the storytelling of six Latinx teachers to reveal the challenges and tensions that arise when Latinx teachers try to define their identity in social spaces. It also encourages the use of storytelling as a pedagogical tool to develop racial literacy skills.

Dr. Arellano, Fierce advocate for Latinx student success

Assistant professor of Adult Education and High Education Leadership, Dr. Lucy Arellano’s research examines Latinx success through qualitative and quantitative methods. Her research focuses on the influence of the institutional environment, college capital, peers, and public discourse in perpetuating racial violence. For Dr. Arellano, a focus on student success is the undergirding to her research. 

Dr. Arellano has multiple publications, including in the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education in, and another coming out in Fall 2019 in the Journal of Higher Education.