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College of Education and Human Development

In the News: Erin Peters-Burton

July 20, 2015

Erin Peters-Burton

The lead feature story in the August 2015 issue of Scientific American is titled "Science For All" and focuses on the research of Erin Peters-Burton and her colleagues regarding a new breed of schools known as inclusive STEM-focused high schools.

Peters-Burton is an associate professor and division director in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University.

From the article:

A new breed of schools, known as inclusive STEM-focused high schools (ISHSs), are making remarkable progress in tearing down the walls of traditional high school education. Rather than focusing solely on students who are gifted and talented, these schools recruit a broad swath of students who choose to attend a STEM high school.

They are attracting students from populations that are underrepresented in STEM professions: women, Hispanics and African-Americans, and include enrollees from low-income families as well as pupils who are the first in their families to attend college. And they pave the way for entry into the STEM workforce: The number of STEM jobs is increasing and they offer higher salaries and wider career choices than many other kinds of work...

The growth and considerable enthusiasm behind STEM-focused schools notwithstanding, there is little research on how they work or what they have in common. My colleagues (Tara Behrend, Erin Peters Burton and Barbara Means) and I are leading a study that will help illuminate the traits that make STEM high schools successful and provide insights into their potential for scale-up. 


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