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Educating African American Males

Educating African American Males
Voices From the Field

March 2005 | 320 pages | Corwin
Engage in exploratory discussion on African American male achievement.

Why do some students return to school year after year excited and engaged? Why do other students dread school, have negative feelings toward school, or feel unequipped by the challenge or demands of school? Educating African American Males offers multiple perspectives on this topic from top scholars in the field of urban education.

Contributions in this book represent the proceedings from a conference co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and Howard University and devoted to African American male achievement. This exciting new resource brings this important discussion to the field and offers unique perspectives covering sociological, emotional, economic, pedagogical, and cognitive realms.

Educating African American Males makes bold strides in moving away from low test scores, high dropout and expulsion rates, and high disciplinary problems, and toward the constructive aim of achieving high-quality education for all students.

Foreword by Edmund W. Gordon
About the Editor
About the Contributors
1. Cultural Issues in Comprehensive School Reform, Robert Cooper, Will J. Jordan
2. Developing the Talents of African American Male Students During the Nonschool Hours, Olatokunbo S. Fashola
3. The Trouble With Black Boys: The Role and Influence of Environmental and Cultural Factors on the Academic Performance of African American Males, Pedro A. Noguera
4. Teachers' Perceptions and Expectations and the Black-White Test Score Gap, Ronald F. Ferguson
5. Early Schooling and Academic Achievement of African American Males, James Earl Davis
6. What's Happening to the Boys? Early High School Experiences and School Outcomes Among African
American Male Adolescents in Chicago, Melissa Roderick
7. Black Males' Structural Conditions, Achievement Patterns, Normative Needs, and "Opportunities," Dena Phillips Swanson, Michael Cunningham, Margaret Beale Spencer
8. Athletics, Academics, and African American Males, Jomills Henry Braddock II
9. Conclusion

"Offers a refreshing alternative to the mere recitation of the all-too-familiar bad news. Educating African American Males is grounded in reality. The authors do not promote a one-size-fits-all approach to problem solving. They offer sound, practical suggestions for educators."

Larry Leverett, Superintendent
Greenwich Public Schools, MA

"Fashola's collection of these powerful research studies is both persuasive and well-documented. The studies and evidence provided by Noguero, Ferguson, Roderick, and others help promote the dialogue about why African American males are not succeeding academically and what schools can do about it."

Education Review, January 2007

"The highly practical and rigorously informative research presented advocates holding high standards for African American males by using holistic approaches that recognize achievement via alternative means to the traditional, quantitatively derived measurements. Its multidisciplinary approach helps further the conversation for providing effective pipelines to close the achievement gap."

InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, Vol. 4(1)
Key features
  • Timely contributions to research and practice
  • Unique approaches among which include: socio-economic, cultural, emotional, sociological, and cognitive

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