African American Culture and Heritage in Higher Education Research and Practice

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Higher Education and Teacher Preparation: Meeting the Challenges and Demands for Academic Success of Urban Youth

Clancie M. Wilson

Neither teacher preparation nor parental support is a panacea that will solve all the problems plaguing the school performance of economically disadvantaged urban youth. Research has indicated many factors influencing student success in school, for example, economic and social changes ( Wilson, 1987); medical care, prior teaching, cultural differences, and environmental circumstances ( Davies, 1989); lack of human resources ( Slaughter, 1988); and racism and discrimination ( Spencer, 1990). Yet, in most instances, policymakers and the public assign responsibility for student academic performance to teachers and parents. Davies ( 1991) reports that schools and families alone cannot solve the problem of educating the poor. He suggests that education should be a joint effort between schools, families, and the community. The importance of collaboration between home, school, and family also prevails in Dryfoos' ( 1994) account of familial needs. She contends that many children enter school with social, emotional, and health handicaps that impede school success.

Since teachers and parents, in essence, are viewed as the primary educational providers, this chapter examines several issues related to teacher preparation and the academic success of African American students. First, this chapter focuses on isolation as an environmental condition in the lives of urban youth, particularly African Americans. Second, youth in their social context are discussed in terms of Bronfenbrenner ( 1979) ecological model. Third, implications of the educational needs of urban youth are addressed. Finally, successful educational models for urban youth will be specified.

The purpose of this chapter is not to lay blame or to infer that the problems confronting urban youth rest solely with higher education programs for teacher preparation for grades K-12. However, encouraging the examination by teachers of the students in their everyday environmental context could heighten their life

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