Without a Margin for Error

Urban Immigrant English Language Learners in STEM


In Without a Margin for Error, the author chronicles the journeys of young adults in an under-served urban community who are new to the English language into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-related) fields from high school through college. He distills lessons, themes, and policy recommendations from the trails blazed by these students toward altering the status quo around college access and STEM success for often-marginalized but highly resilient young adults with much to contribute to their new nation, their communities, and the world. While drawing on a critical ethnography of over three dozen inspiring young adults, seven students are chronicled in greater depth to bring to life crucial conversations for redefining college readiness, access, and success in STEM fields.

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Biographical Note
Jeremy B. Heyman, Ph.D. (2016), Columbia University, is a STEM, college access, and data specialist at ELLIS, a public high school in the Bronx, NY, where he was a founding teacher. His interests include STEM outreach and forging novel pipelines into STEM-related fields.
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Christopher Emdin
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1 Vignettes
2 Introducing the Purpose and the Ethnographe
3 The School and Student Context
4 The Students and Their Journeys
5 Engaging and Persisting in STEM: Shaping the Transition to College
6 Tying the Roots Together: Conclusions, Implications, and Future Directions for Building stem Trajectories

All interested in issues of equity and opportunity in STEM education, and anyone concerned with educational opportunities for first-generation and immigrant students, or involved in college readiness, access, or persistence in science-related fields.
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