Date of Award

2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Ed.

Department

Education

First Advisor

Smith, Kara (Education)

Keywords

Education, Curriculum and Instruction.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

An attempt is made to explore black youth perspectives of Africentric schooling in Toronto. Participants in this study consisted of five black males and five black females between the ages of 16 to 19. Youth perspectives about Africentric schooling and their desire to attend an Africentric high school were obtained. Youth perspectives revealed that all participants supported the social and cultural tents of Africentric schooling; however, they reported mixed reactions regarding their desire to attend such a school. Stereotypes, intra-group politics, and family and media opinions were fears and concerns of the participants interviewed. To build the academic strengths of urban black youth and promote educational change in our system, it is argued we need to explore Africentric schooling to increase student academic outcomes. Recommendations and avenues for future research are suggested.

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