Is it Worth it? Science Education of the Talented 2%
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This essay critiques mismatch theory in science education, a theory supported by opponents of affirmative action who strive to derail efforts to diversify institutions of higher education. Can high-achieving students survive and thrive in an academic environment dominated by their super high-achieving peers? Our research suggests that while there are a variety of nuanced factors that impact an undergraduate's success in certain majors, students of all backgrounds can excel at highly selective universities, given the proper resources and support.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1111/traa.12037
Publication InfoBaker, LD; & Canada, T (2016). Is it Worth it? Science Education of the Talented 2%. Transforming Anthropology, 24(2). pp. 116-124. 10.1111/traa.12037. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/15193.
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Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Lee D. Baker is Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, and African and African American Studies at Duke University. He received his B.S. from Portland State University and doctorate in anthropology from Temple University. He has been a resident fellow at Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Johns Hopkins’s Institute for Global Studies, The University of Ghana-Legon, the American Philosophical Society, and the Nationa