African-Centered Pedagogy: Developing Schools of Achievement for African American Children

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SUNY Press, Feb 21, 2002 - Education - 196 pages
What can teachers, administrators, families, and communities do to create schools that provide rich learning experiences for African American children? Based on a critical reinterpretation of several key educational frameworks, African-Centered Pedagogy is a practical guide to accomplished teaching. Murrell suggests integrating the historical, cultural, political, and developmental considerations of the African American experience into a unified system of instruction, bringing to light those practices that already exist and linking them to contemporary ideas and innovations that concern effective practice in African American communities. This is then applied through a case study analysis of a school seeking to incorporate the unified theory and embrace African-centered practice. Murrell argues that key educational frameworks although currently ineffective with African American children hold promise if reinterpreted.
 

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Contents

THE WRONG FRAMES FOR THE RIGHT PROBLEM
3
TRADITIONS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN EDUCATION A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
19
CULTURE COGNITION AND THE COMMUNITY OF ACHIEVEMENT
37
OVERVIEW OF THE PEDAGOGICAL THEORY
59
FROM A COMMUNITY OF CARING TO A COMMUNITY OF ACHIEVEMENT
75
TEACHING AS ASSISTED PERFORMANCE IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN TRADITION
103
THE CLASSROOM ECOLOGY OF CULTURE AND LANGUAGE
115
DISCOURSE PRACTICES IN A COMMUNITY OF ACHIEVEMENT
125
TEACHING FOR UNDERSTANDING LEARNING FOR LIBERATION
135
APPRAISING MY OWN PRACTICE AFRICANCENTERED PEDAGOGY IN PREPARING TEACHERS
155
APPENDICES
171
REFERENCES
181
INDEX
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Peter C. Murrell Jr. is Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Center for Innovation in Urban Education at Northeastern University. He is the author of Like Stone Soup: The Role of the Professional Development School in the Renewal of Urban Schools.