The OSPrI project (Opportunity Structures for Preparation and Inspiration) examines the opportunity structures provided to students by Inclusive STEM-Focused High Schools (ISHS), with an emphasis on studying schools that serve students from underrepresented groups. ISHSs aim to develop new sources of STEM talent, particularly among underrepresented minority students, to improve workforce development and prepare STEM professionals.
Using a multiple instrumental case study design, the research team has identified ten candidate critical components that define ISHSs and is refining and further clarifying the critical components through the research study. Analysis of the first phase of the study aims to develop rich descriptions that showcase characteristics of the schools to determine a theory of action that illustrates interconnections among context, design, implementation, and outcome elements.
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