Research to Practice
The purpose of Part III is to provide implications for educating African American students in schools in the United States. The research presented in this book examines narratives produced by African American children. The research was grounded in West African and African American storytelling traditions. The narratives were analyzed using traditional and nontraditional approaches. The results across all analyses indicate that African American children in this study produced a repertoire of narrative structures. Some of the narrative structures were linear school like- structures, while others appear to have links to West African and African American storytelling structures.
Chapter 8 outlines educational implications for working with African American students with the perspective that narratives are grounded in the social and cultural practices of the African American community. In this chapter, I discuss educational implications under four broad categories: home-school mismatch; teacher expectations; culturally relevant pedagogy and, finally, examples of narrative instniction.