The Journal of Negro Education

The Journal of Negro Education is an academic journal focusing on African American education

Articles from Vol. 80, No. 3, Summer

A Case for Culturally Relevant Teaching in Science Education and Lessons Learned for Teacher Education
In this article, the researcher discusses three elementary pre-service teachers' experiences in co-planning and co-teaching a Pollution Unit in a 4th-5th grade science classroom in New York City. The study makes use of microteaching papers, lesson plans,...
Commentary: Swords, Shields, and the Fight for Our Children: Lessons from Urban Prep
The grim statistics are well known, but bear repeating: here in Chicago, close to 60% of Black boys do not graduate from high school, and only one in forty receive a bachelor's degree by age 25. In the fall of 2006, we opened Urban Prep Charter Academy...
Disparities, Economics, and Evidence: Beyond Politics in Teacher Education
Who will teach traditionally underserved students? The responses to this question in political and leadership circles have been varied and at times difficult to understand. Socrates is attributed with arguing that mathematical understandings and skills...
Editor's Comments: Diversifying the United States' Teaching Force: Where Are We Now? Where Do We Need to Go? How Do We Get There?
The Journal of Negro Education is pleased to publish this seminal collection of research articles on teacher preparation and the Black community. To begin, I offer a preliminary analysis to examine diversity within the teaching force, and among preschool...
Educating African American Students: Foundations, Curriculum, and Experiences
Educating African American Students: Foundations, Curriculum, and Experiences, by Abul Pitre, Esrom Pitre, Ruth Ray, and Twana Hilton-Pitre (Eds.). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009, 174 pp., $24.95, paperback.Educating African Americans Students:...
Experience-Centered Instruction as a Catalyst for Teaching Mathematics Effectively to African American Students
The purposes of this article are to describe the ways in which prospective teachers integrated the experiences of African American Students into their mathematics instruction and determine how the outcomes from prospective teachers' use of experience-centered...
From Maybe I Can to Yes I Can: Developing Pre-Service and Inservice Teachers' Self-Efficacy to Teach African American Students
In this article, the authors describe self-efficacy building activities that practitioners can use in the preparation of teachers who are efficacious in their ability to teach African American students. The general principle underlying these suggested...
Guest Editorial: Transforming the Field of Education to Serve the Needs of the Black Community: Implications for Critical Stakeholders
The field of education has been and wiU continue to be essential to the survival and sustainabiUty ofthe Black community. Unfortunately, over the past five decades, two major trends have become clearly evident in the Black community: (a) the decline...
Identifying New Sources of African American Male Pre-Service Teachers: Creating a Path from Student-Athlete to Student-Teacher
This qualitative research study examined the experiences of one African American former college athlete and two athletic department academic advisors at a BCS Division University in the Southern Region of the United States. Given the catastrophic shortage...
"I Don't Think Black Men Teach Because How They Get Treated as Students": High-Achieving African American Boys' Perceptions of Teaching as a Career Option
This phenomenological investigation examines the perceptions of the teaching profession as a viable career option by high-achieving high school-aged African American boys. Researchers used random sampling to identify high schools in one large urban school...
Key Theories and Frameworks for Improving the Recruitment and Retention of African American Students in Gifted Education
An issue of much concern, and under much scrutiny and debate, is the persistent and extensive under-representation of African American students in gifted education. A number of efforts have been proposed and implemented to improve their recruitment and...
Minding the Gap: Cultivating Black Male Teachers in a Time of Crisis in Urban Schools
The purpose of this article is to provide insights into the challenges in developing the Urban Community Teachers Project: a campus-based initiative to recruit and train Black male teachers for urban classrooms. The central argument is that given the...
Moving beyond the Boat without a Paddle: Reality Pedagogy, Black Youth, and Urban Science Education
Much of the research that focuses on the academic success of Black youth in urban science education does not consider the provision of tools that educators can use in becoming more effective. This article discusses this issue, and introduces an approach...
New Visions of Collective Achievement: The Cross-Generational Schooling Experiences of African American Males
The purpose of this study was to allow African American males across generations to share their perceptions of the factors that affected their schooling experiences and influenced their achievement in and beyond school. Individual interviews were conducted...
Passing the Torch: The Future of Education in the Black Community Is in Our Hands
When the call for abstracts for this historical special issue was disseminated in December 2010, the educational community responded with great excitement. As guest editors of this special issue, it was difficult for us to turn away timely ideas around...
Pathways to Teaching: African American Male Teens Explore Teaching as a Career
The need for African American male teachers is clear; however their pathway to teaching is in disrepair. This article shares research findings and a description of a pre-collegiate course designed to encourage high school students of color, including...
Pre-Service Teachers' Knowledge for Teaching Algebra for Equity in the Middle Grades: A Preliminary Report
This article presents our plans and initial work to explore how mathematics teacher education programs can prepare teachers for diverse middle grades classrooms. It describes the start-up of a five-year National Science Foundation project to design,...
(Re)Framing Diverse Pre-Service Classrooms as Spaces for Culturally Relevant Teaching
Our field is ushering in a new generation of teachers who need experiences that will prepare them to acknowledge the multiple worldviews of the diverse student population they will teach. For pre-service teachers working in urban under-resourced classrooms,...
Reversing Underachievement among Gifted Black Students (2Nd Ed.)
Reversing Underachievement Among Gifted Black Students (2nd ed.), by Donna Y. Ford, Waco, TX: Prafrock Press, 2011, 468 pp., $39.95, paperback.As an assistant professor who focuses on the under-representation of minority students in gifted education,...
Teachers and Teaching for the New Millennium: The Role of HBCUs
This article presents a framework for a discussion of the role of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that focuses on teachers and teaching for the new millennium. HBCUs have the potential to make a significant difference in solving...
The Black Teacher Shortage: A Literature Review of Historical and Contemporary Trends
Desegregation marked the beginning of a long period of loss of Black teachers within the profession. First, Black teachers were not hired in desegregated schools, and then as other professional opportunities opened up in society, fewer Blacks entered...
The Power of One: How You Can Help or Harm African American Students
The Power of One: How You Can Help or Harm African American Students, by Gail L. Thompson. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2010, 188 pp. $31.95, paperback.Creating successful educational experiences for African American students is an issue diat plagues our...
The Use of Educational Documentary in Urban Teacher Education: A Case Study of beyond the Bricks
This article draws from a qualitative case study of 22 teachers of African American males who participated in a screening event of the documentary Beyond the Bricks as part of a community engagement project in three cities: New Orleans, New York, and...
Towards A Pedagogy of Hip Hop in Urban Teacher Education
This article draws from a qualitative study often Black male K-12 teachers from the Hip Hop Generation who are closely connected to Hip Hop culture and have been effective in addressing the academic and social needs of Black boys. Through an analysis...
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