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LEARNING TO RESIST: RETURNING AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS TO THE HUSH HARBORS IN SEARCH OF EDUCATION'S PROMISES - SKILL DEVELOPMENT FOR CRITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS

by HOFF, PAMELA TWYMAN

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This research examines the educational perceptions of fifteen African American college students who completed a course that used critical race pedagogy as a means to raise consciousness. African American traditional faith in post-secondary education has maintained its resiliency for decades, as demonstrated in the increasing numbers of African American students’ matriculation into historically white post secondary institutions throughout the country. Overshadowing the increased matriculation patterns is the reality that many more African American students simply vanish from the post-secondary pipeline. The racialized experiences of African Americans have led to a unique perception of education which reflects the pervasiveness of duality as a residual concept of false consciousness. The dialectical paradox of duality is exacerbated and institutionalized by mechanistic skill development which limits the potentiality of higher levels of awareness. As a result, African American students may begin their post-secondary studies objectified by the overvaluation of education as a direct pathway toward liberation. To resist the recidivism of duality African American college students must experience a type of psyche liberation through transformative skill development. The engagement of African American students in such a transformative process requires the re-conceptualization of education as an articulation of resistance. Education conceptualized as an articulation of resistance utilizes critical race pedagogical techniques and strategies to destabilize taken-for-granted educational perceptions and reconstruction of critical educational perceptions which increases the likelihood of college graduation.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:critical race pedagogy african american college students education transformative

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Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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