African American Culture and Heritage in Higher Education Research and Practice

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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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Editorial Reviews

Freeman (educational leadership, Vanderbilt U.) credits two sources as her inspiration for this volume: Carter Woodson's The Mis-Education of the Negro (1933) and ideas expressed by Chinua Achebe, an African novelist, in an interview with Bill Moyers on how African Americans can subconsciously assimilate adverse images of themselves. As an antidote to such processing, 16 academic contributors address why cultural context should not be overlooked in higher education research and policymaking. The editor concludes that taking heritage into account is a start to closing the gap between African American higher education aspirations and participation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275958442
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/24/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 252
  • Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

KASSIE FREEMAN is Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Kassie Freeman

Overview: African American Participation in Higher Education by Reginald Wilson

Considering the African American Culture in Higher Education Research

Black to Africa: Some Research Paradigms Reflecting a Black World View by Raymond A. Winbush

From Africa to America: The Relationship between Culture and Experience by Mia D. Alexander-Snow

African American Students and Self-Concept Development: Integrating Cultural Influences into Research and Practice by Tamela M. Heath

Historical Origins of Change: Implications for African Americans in Higher Education by Carolyn J. Thompson

Examining African American Higher Education Research Issues and Paradigms

And Who Shall Control Their Minds?: Race Consciousness and Collective Commitments among African American Students by Walter R. Allen

The College Experience: A Conceptual Framework to Consider for Enhancing Students' Educational Gains by Lemuel W. Watson

"Am I Black Enuf fo Ya?" Black Student Diversity: Issues of Identity and Community by Lori S. White

Self-Segregation: An Oxymoron in Black and White by Sybril M. Bennett

Doing What Comes Unnaturally: Increasing African American Faculty Presence in Predominately White Colleges and Universities by William B. Harvey

Cultural Capital and the Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Educational Reproduction by James Earl Davis

Addressing Higher Education Policy and Practice as They Relate to the African American Culture

Policy, Practice, and Performance: Strategies to Foster the Meaningful Involvement of African Americans in Higher Education Decision-Making Processes byWynetta Y. Lee

The Relationship between Evaluation Effort and Institutional Culture: Mixing Oil and Water? by Bruce Anthony Jones

African Americans and College Choice: Cultural Considerations and Policy Implications by Kassie Freeman

Higher Education and Teacher Preparation: Meeting the Challenges and Demands for Academic Success of Urban Youth by Clancie M. Wilson

Higher Education Policies and Professional Education in American Black Colleges by Beverly Lindsay

Concluding Thoughts


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