IS RELIGION A STEM DETERRENT IN MINORITIES?

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More than one-third of Latinos interviewed in a study believe science education may have a negative impact on the religious faith of their children, according to research from sociologists at Rice University, Houston, Texas. The study examined the relationship between STEM--science, technology, engineering, mathematics--education and religious faith from the perspective of blacks and Latinos, two groups that are among the most religious in the U.S.

"Despite notable gains over the past 50 years, blacks and Latinos remain less likely than whites and most groups of Asians to pursue STEM careers," relates Daniel Bolger, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology.

"However, previous research also suggests that churches help promote positive educational outcomes. We were very interested in examining the connection between science education and faith for individuals who attend black and Latino churches to see if we could understand more about why these disparities in pursuit of STEM careers...

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