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ERIC Number: ED081867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Pages: 12
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Researchers, Consultants and Urban Schools: A Black Perspective.
Stent, Madelon Delany
Racial identity and its meaning is as necessary to the black researcher as are the tools of his profession. With the rise in racial awareness, identity, and pride in Afro-Americans, there has been concurrent understanding of the hypocritical values which are transmitted through education, and a growing repudiation of them. There must be a concerted effort within education to utilize the minority professional as a key to institutional change. Through minority consultants and researchers, different educational needs can be recognized, customized programs designed, and evaluations relative to varying needs be conducted. Black teachers and researchers, unhappy with the kinds of tests and personality inventories which are available for use with black children, must be willing to devise their own methods of assessment. The second step of seeking approval from the profession is a necessary and essential one. As most black professionals have competence through knowledge of their white peers' operational difficulties in achieving reform they can and must also serve as catalyst, interpreters (of white values to blacks), researchers, consultants, and program analyst. Black consultants and organizations must establish themselves as reservoirs of talent, knowledge, and insight in establishing creative ways to develop, test and "spot the bugs" in new programs as they operate in urban schools. Black scholars must challenge those who cling to the supremacy of their "scientific" authority. (Author/JM)
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Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting, New Orleans, La., February 25-March 1, 1973