ERIC Number: ED393798
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Education from an African American Perspective.
Hilliard, Asa G., III
This paper focuses on African education and socialization processes and how these have evolved and spread through the African cultural diaspora to other parts of the world, before, during, and after the slave trade and the colonial period. The history of education on the African continent is explored, followed by African American education, and the educational and sociological patterns that have prevented educational advancement and ensured domination to some extent. The paper then looks at how to correct the damage to the teaching and learning processes and addresses areas of the teacher education curriculum. A number of programmatic suggestions are offered, including: (1) practicum sites in schools where the overwhelming majority of teachers are successful with African American students; (2) a valid internship with a master teacher; (3) master professors in teacher education programs; (4) an appropriate cultural knowledge base; (5) study of the origin, dynamics, and consequences of white supremacy; (6) performance criteria and professional knowledge for trainers; (7) theory and its application for trainees; (8) judging the quality of teaching; and (9) networking in the professional community. The study suggests that the cycle of school failure for traditionally excluded students can be broken by looking closely at teachers and teacher educators who do not fail and then imitating them. (Contains 87 references.) (ND)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Failure, African Culture, Black Students, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Culturally Relevant Education, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Low Achievement, Minority Group Teachers, Minority Groups, Opinion Papers, Practicums, Preservice Teacher Education, Racial Discrimination, Teacher Education Curriculum
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Africa; African Americans; African Diaspora
Note: Paper presented at an Invitational Conference on Defining the Knowledge Base for Urban Teacher Education (Atlanta, GA, November 11, 1995).