Taking Back Control: African Canadian Women Teachers' Lives and Practice / Edition 1

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An alternative pedagogical perspective toward the education of Black children is explored through the narratives of five African Canadian women teachers.
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Editorial Reviews

Based on interviews with (education, U. of Illinois-Chicago), five teachers express their consciousness of contradictions in North American and Western education, and the need for alternative positions and transformative strategies. They consider the limitations and possibilities of oppositional minority teacher positions in the mainstream and of alternative pedagogical strategies. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791438381
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Series: SUNY series, Identities in the Classroom Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 211
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents



Introduction: Taking Back Control

Part I. Black Women Teachers' Activism: Conversations And Contexts

1. Black Women Teachers Speak






2. Contextualizing Black Women's Lives and Activism

"Adventure," "Opportunity," "A Better Life," and Other Myths: African-Caribbean Canadians in the Political Economy

"Scrubbing Hard Someplace"

"I'm a Paper Canadian"

African Canadian Educational Activism: A History of Cultural Resistance

Part II. Classroom Practice

3. "So You Close the Door and You Do What Works": Possibilities and Limitations of Oppositional Standpoints

Hands in the Lion's Mouth

Voices in the Wilderness: Black Women in White Institutions

Child-centeredness Undressed


4. Literacy, Black Self-representation, and Cultural Practice: Sustaining and Re-creating Intertextual Relationships in the African Diaspora

"Intertextual Crossing": Cultural Forms as Pedagogical Forms

"Don't Throw Stones when You've Got Glass Windows!": Proverbs and Maxims in the Classroom

"It's Jamaican, Miss! They're Jamaican Words!": Caribbean Creoles in the Classroom


5. The Dilemma of the Empty Shelf and Other Curricular Challenges for Transformative Teachers

The Dilemma of the Empty Shelf

"Liberating Their Minds"


Epilogue: Holding on to Hope

Thoughts on Pedagogies of Black Self-Representation

Critically Raising the Next Generation of Black Women: Working Against Invisibility and Silence

The Subject of Black Women




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