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ERIC Number: ED461100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 13
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The Powers That Be: AAVE as the Composition Curriculum.
Richardson, Elaine
This Powerpoint presentation argues that the problems encountered in implementing African-centered curriculum into the university composition classroom attest to the need for African centered education in kindergarten through university level educational institutions. The solution of the problem of African American students' disproportionate literacy achievement compared to students from the dominant culture is to counteract cultural conflict and use African American Vernacular English (AAVE) and culture as the composition curriculum. The Black language and literacy experience in America should be the center of inquiry. Contrasting AAVE discourse, rhetoric, and grammar with academic discourse will result in students' improved writing. Students can become more knowledgeable about language and usage; however, diversity within the African American community brings with it the clash of diverse ideologies and class intersections. To counteract the monocultural influence of the traditional orientation to the making of knowledge or "the powers that be," educators need to "get their heads together"--the "folk head,""working head," and "middle head." (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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