Women with Disabilities in STEM Education Research Agenda Development Project

The goal of the Women with Disabilities in STEM Education Research Agenda Development Project (WWDSE) is to establish a five-year research agenda to identify barriers and promote successful outcomes for women with disabilities in STEM education. This effort to encourage junior and seasoned investigators to explore questions regarding the supports and barriers to the successful participation of women with disabilities in STEM is funded by a one-year grant from the National Science Foundation (Grant No. HRD-1138801) to the APA. Shari E. Miles-Cohen, PhD, WPO senior director, serves as the project's principal investigator. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Goals and Outcomes

The goal of the WWDSE is to establish a five-year research agenda to identify barriers and promote successful outcomes for women with disabilities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. WWDSE will publish and widely disseminate this research agenda to the members of the scholarly community and to the general public through a variety of accessible media. In addition, the research agenda will guide funders to support this work, providing educators and administrators with the seeds of interventions that can better support women with disabilities in STEM education.

WWDSE Intellectual Merit
  • Link distinct, non-overlapping empirical literatures to inform development of a new research agenda to cultivate an emerging line of inquiry on women with disabilities in STEM education.

  • Facilitate new collaborations among researchers in different areas of study where these may not currently exist.

  • Facilitate discussion of research designs appropriate for use with underrepresented populations (e.g., mixed method).

  • Provide videotaped sessions of workshop modules, draft papers for publication and presentations.

WWDSE Broader Impacts
  • Address President Obama’s challenge of increasing number of scientists in the U.S. by 2020.

  • Make postsecondary environments more receptive to underrepresented groups.

  • Impact the STEM pipeline by increasing the numbers of women scientists.

  • Add to evidence-based strategies to improve postsecondary educational outcomes for women with disabilities and all students.

  • Increase postsecondary faculty’s cultural competency as it relates to women with disabilities.

  • Establish new funding priorities which encourage senior investigators to partner with junior investigators who have disabilities.

  • Maximize human capital of women with disabilities in society.

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