African American Culture and Heritage in Higher Education Research and Practice

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Kassie Freeman
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998 - Education - 237 pages
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Leading African American scholars examine the often neglected cultural context in research and policy development in African American higher education in this collection of essays. Past research has most often been conducted by individuals unfamiliar with the historical and cultural considerations of specific ethnic groups. Therefore, the outcomes of research and the development of programs have been based on deficit models, that is, what is wrong with African Americans, or what they cannot achieve.

The book examines the questions; what is the relationship between African Americans' culture and experiences, and how should their culture be integrated into research and practice? How do African Americans' intra- and interrelations differ in higher education? How does understanding African American culture as it relates to higher education research enhance policy-making and practice? What role do HBUCs play in African Americans' participation in higher education? What are the policy and practice implications of past and current research? Scholars and practitioners of education, culture, and race relations will find this collection informative and interesting.

 

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Contents

Black to Africa Some Research Paradigms Reflecting a Black World View
15
From Africa to America The Relationship between Culture and Experience
23
African American Students and SelfConcept Development Integrating Cultural Influences into Research and Practice
33
Historical Origins of Change Implications for African Americans in Higher Education
43
Examining African American Higher Education Research Issues and Paradigms
57
And Who Shall Control Their Minds? Race Consciousness and Collective Commitments among African American Students
59
The College Experience A Conceptual Framework to Consider for Enhancing Students Educational Gains
75
Am I Black Enuf fo Ya? Black Student Diversity Issues of Identity and Community
93
Addressing Higher Education Policy and Practice as They Relate to African American Culture
155
Policy Practice and Performance Strategies to Foster the Meaningful Involvement of African Americans in Higher Education DecisionMaking Proces...
157
The Relationship between Evaluation Effort and Institutional Culture Mixing Oil and Water?
173
African Americans and College Choice Cultural Considerations and Policy Implications
181
Higher Education and Teacher Preparation Meeting the Challenges and Demands for Academic Success of Urban Youth
195
Higher Education Policies and Professional Education in American Black Colleges
207
Concluding Thoughts
223
Index
225

SelfSegregation An Oxymoron in Black and White
121
Doing What Comes Unnaturally Increasing African American Faculty Presence in Predominantly White Colleges and Universities
133
Cultural Capital and the Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Educational Reproduction
143
About the Editor and Contributors
233
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KASSIE FREEMAN is Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. She was the recipient of the Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship and has twice been the recipient of the Pro Renovanda Cultura Hungariae Foundation Award to be a visiting professor and scholar at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences.

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