ISBN-10:
0807761052
ISBN-13:
9780807761052
Pub. Date:
11/09/2018
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
A Walk in Their Kicks: Identity, Literacy, and the Schooling of Young Black Males

A Walk in Their Kicks: Identity, Literacy, and the Schooling of Young Black Males

by Aaron M. Johnson
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Overview

Through research data and conversations among teachers, readers will explore the impact that trauma has on the lives of African American students, examine how their own identities and perceptions of these students influence their text selections and instruction, and identify the conditions that need to be present to engage African American male students in literacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807761052
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 11/09/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 721,076
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Aaron M. Johnson is an associate superintendent of instructional services and organizational leadership for Farmington Public Schools in Michigan and an adjunct lecturer of reading, language, and literature at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Foreword Elizabeth Birr Moje xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

How This Book Is Organized 10

How to Use This Book 11

Part I Notes on the State of … Detroit … Education … Race … Schooling … Literacy … Socialization 13

… on the state of the west side 13

1 His Story: The History of School and Literacy Development of African American Males 15

Segregation, Jim Crow, and African American Academic Achievement 20

School Desegregation 22

The Great Migration 25

School Busing 27

2 Hustle and Flow: Student Literacy, Flow, Agency, and Motivation 31

Flow Theory 31

Learning and Literacy as Social Constructs 32

Agency and Identity 39

3 Black Boy Fly: The Black Male Literacy Paradigm as an Instructional Framework 43

The Black Male Literacy Paradigm 43

Home Versus School Language 45

Contextual Understanding 47

Culture and Socialization 48

Teacher Perceptions 56

Power, Agency, and Identity 57

Teacher Preparedness 58

Summary of the Black Male Literacy Paradigm 59

Literacy Assessment Instruments and Literacy Development 60

4 We've Got the Power: Culture and Socialization 68

Power and Contextual Understanding and the Relationship to Literacy 68

The Academic Achievement Gap Versus the Education Debt 70

Student Socialization 77

5 You Mean I Can't Even Be Black in the Hallway?!?: Discourse Communities and the Relationship Between Power, Agency, and identity 84

Student Identities 84

Disidentification with School 87

Student Social Power and Valuing Students' Identities in School 92

Part II Notes on the State of … Black Boys 99

Educator's oath 99

6 Where I'm From: Teacher Identities and the Impact on African American Male Students 101

Understanding Literacy Through a Sociocultural Paradigm 101

Meet the Teacher Participants 103

Teacher Identities and the Roles They Play in Building Student Literacy 108

7 A Walk in Their Kicks: Understanding the Literacies of African American Males 117

Engaging African American Males in Literacy 117

Teachers' Recognition of the Importance of Students' Connections to Teachers, School, and Texts 118

A Deeper Look at Turmoil: Home-Based and School-Based Adversities That Impact Student Learning Outcomes 142

8 Literacy Is …: Looking at Literacy Through a Different Lens 150

Teachers' Expansions of Their Definitions of Literacy 150

The Necessity of Teachers' Use of Evidence-Based Instructional Strategies 157

Teachers' Improved Understandings of Students' Literacy Practices 158

9 The Choice Is Yours: "Giving a Damn" as a Strategy for Improving Student Outcomes 162

10 Are We on Ten Yet?: Reconceptualizing Schools for African American Students 168

Teachers' Recognition of the Importance of and Relationship to Students' Connections to Teachers, School, and Texts 169

Teachers' Expansions of Their Definitions of Literacy 170

Teachers' improved Understandings of Students' Literacy Practices 171

The Necessity of Teachers' Use of Evidence-Based Instructional Strategies 172

The Education Debt … Revisited 172

Recommendations 177

Implications 178

Challenges to This Work 180

… until we meet again 181

Epilogue 184

Afterword Jay B. Marks 187

References 189

Index 197

About the Author 210

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