ERIC Number: ED404936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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African Sojourn: Two Narratives of African American Women Educators' Educational Philosophy.
Pollard, Mignonne Y.
This paper examines how the educational philosophies of two representative African American women university professors were influenced by multiple sojourns between Africa and North America. Two African American women born in the 1940s were interviewed about their early educational experiences, racial identity, and experiences in Africa. Each woman had spent a minimum of 3 consecutive years in a West African country. The interviews indicated that these women's educational philosophies had developed over time and that a firm grounding in African American culture influenced their lives and work. Their early experiences with racism, familial philosophy and community bonds, and careers in international development helped shape the women and influenced how they navigated the world of academia. The paper traces their shift in identity from Black to American, to the combination of an identity that includes one of an African American academic and all of the complexities that this possesses for the two women. (Contains 26 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; United States