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ERIC Number: ED124630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 128
Abstractor: N/A
Black Studies: "Seeking to Renew My Connection With the Universe".
Chappelle, Yvonne Juanita Reed
Black studies is an attempt by African-Americans to understand their African cultural heritage and value system. The goals of Black studies are: (1) to enable a reevaluation of information from a perspective which takes into account traditional African humanistic values; (2) to encourage creativity motivated by a positive understanding of one's African-American value construct; and, thereby (3) to replace the socially instilled, negative self-concept of African-Americans by a positive one, toward more effective social functioning. Black studies must help us understand the implications of differences between Western value systems, with their emphases on analytical reasoning and technology, and African value systems, which emphasize man and his relationship with God, with other men and with environment, for our pedagogy. We may one day discover that much of the poor performance on the part of Black children in school has to do with cultural conflict--a basic difference between values learned at home and those required at school. A few possible areas of conflict are evident. How does one for example, reconcile the schematization and analysis required by the scientific method with the African emphasis on integration of all that is known? When the African perspective becomes integrated into the American educational structure, not only American education but also life in America will change. (Author/JM)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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