ERIC Number: ED477560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Teaching African American Children through Cultural Learning Styles to Improve Academic Success.
Tolbert-Hill, Catrice L.
With the large numbers of African American children who are not successful in school, more attention needs to be devoted to developing methods and processes by which they can effectively learn, achieve, and be empowered. The performance statistics for African American students in public schools are alarming. Their suspension rates are high, and 20 percent of them are likely to drop out of school before graduation. Educational researchers and practitioners repeatedly compare African American children to their European American counterparts and find them lower in achievement, IQ, reading, writing, and socio-cultural areas. This deficiency lies in a system of education that refuses to adapt itself to differences among students. African American childrens' learning styles are different from their European American counterparts, but not deficient. Studies have revealed that African American children learn from styles that are in concert with African perspective that involves social/affective emphases, communalism, expressiveness, as well as movement and harmony. The purpose of this paper is to discuss various learning styles and suggest strategies for improving the academic success of African American students. (Contains 31 references.) (Author)
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