ERIC Number: EJ936200
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 10
The Culture of the Kitchen: Recipes for Transformative Education within the African American Cultural Experience
Jenkins, Toby S.
About Campus, v16 n2 p11-19 May-Jun 2011
Throughout many ethnic communities, culture, place, and education have always been important to each other. There are countless creative strategies and approaches to education, inclusion, and personal development that can be derived from studying cultural spaces within any culture. In this article, the author looks specifically at the African American experience. She uses the cultural space of the African American kitchen as a guide for creating academic spaces of liberation and inclusion. She explores the kitchen as a metaphorical space to inspire creative approaches for transformative education. Guided by the actionable space framework, she examines five major components of the kitchen as a cultural space: (1) a space of belonging; (2) a space of creativity and resistance; (3) a space of communion; (4) a space of comfort; and (5) a space of excellence.
Descriptors: African Americans, African American Achievement, African American Culture, Social Experience, Creativity, Resistance (Psychology), Success, Performance, Personal Space, Cultural Traits, Transformative Learning, Figurative Language
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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