GISW ELEMECML 4186/5186 Studies in Teaching African American Students: Empowerment Strategies and Approaches -- 3 unit(s)

This course is designed to help those who come in contact with African American students in educational settings learn empowerment strategies and approaches to use. The focus of the course is to take a look at some of the current trends and studies related to African American males and females in academic arenas. While the focus is on African American children who are among those with the widest achievement gaps, the basis of the course will help students to understand other cultures and ethnic groups as well. Enrollees will be engaged in thought-provoking curricula that will allow for the development of curricula and needs-based materials to help strengthen the learning experiences of children with diverse cultural backgrounds.

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Course syllabus
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GIS Web IconThis course is available in an online format, utilizing web pages and eLearning, a learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Students may need access to someone who can assist with computer set-up.

UNI students: Junior standing
Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) distribution area
Students working toward their Bachelor of Liberal Studies may apply credit earned in this course to their degree. This Guided Independent Study course is applicable to the Professional Fields distribution area. Learn more about the BLS degree program.
Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, Associate Professor

Hale, J. Black Children: Their Roots, Culture and Learning Styles. 1986. Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press.

Additional Course Materials

Other Recommended Readings:

Banks, James A. (2002) Teaching Strategies for Ethnic Studies. Sixth Edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, Inc.

Hale, Janice EE. (2001). Learning While Black: Creaking Educational Excellence for African American Children. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press

Moore, James. (2012) A Call For Change: Providing Solutions For Black Male Achievement (download book in pdf form)

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