ERIC Number: ED454319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
The Classroom and the Community: African American Youth Speak Out.
Clardy, Pauline; Cole-Robinson, Cynthia; Jones, Terrence O'C.; Michie, Gregory
In studying urban schools, researchers have identified several critical curriculum issues related to the miseducation and alienation of African American students. This paper looks at three such issues: the disconnection between the school curriculum and African American students' cultural backgrounds and environments (e.g., black dialect versus standard English); the lack of attention by teachers to the non-school versus the in-school curriculum (there must be a child-centered curriculum that views and values children's experiences outside the classroom as relevant inside the classroom); and the absence of students' voices in the classroom (in a democratic society, student's perspectives must be a critical element in curriculum design). The paper also examines a video documentary made by African American students at a Chicago charter high school that examined the community surrounding the school, focusing on racism, police brutality, economic isolation, and gentrification. The paper discusses video documentaries as one example of how these persistent curricular challenges might be addressed. Finally, it looks at video documentary more broadly as an alternative form of qualitative research. (Contains 54 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).