Author: Dr. Richard L. Campbell
Black students, growing up in a small rural and segregated town, were faced with many disadvantages as they pursued paths to overcoming an environment that was not very supportive of them receiving a quality education. These students were not even provided with minimally adequate materials needed to gain knowledge to enter college, or with skill needed to obtain high level jobs, such as usable textbooks and a library necessary for advancing their knowledge base. Despite these challenges many of these students went on to become very successful in life.
The author spent over 30 years in academe at Florida International University as a professor of science education. During his active years at the University, he served in many capacities, including being appointed as the University first full-time dean of graduate studies. He had an extensive and productive career in the field for science education. He was among one of the most prolific researchers and publishers in science education. In a study conducted by the Journal of Research in Science Education, he was ranked among the top 10% of researchers and publishers in the field.