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Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males: Closing the Achievement Gap

reviewed by Louis B Gallien, Jr. - 2006

coverTitle: Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males: Closing the Achievement Gap
Author(s): Alfred Tatum
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers, Portland, ME
ISBN: 1571103937, Pages: 165, Year: 2005
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In reading Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males, I am reminded of Joyce King's recent book titled Black Education: A Transformative Research and Action Agenda for the New Century, in which she states that in relationship to the effective education of African Americans “research informs practice and practice informs research in the production and utilization of knowledge; therefore, context is essential in research” (King, 2005, p. 21). In examining the ten vital principles of black education and socialization for this relatively new millennium in King’s book, I found it encouraging to read a text that is emblematic of culturally responsive teaching methods mixed with a healthy dose of “street” reality. It did not surprise me that Professor Alfred Tatum would follow in the tradition of such scholars as Dr. King, but I was not prepared for the transparent journey that he so vividly recounts as a black man growing up in... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 5, 2006, p. 923-926
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12184, Date Accessed: 9/19/2021 10:51:56 PM

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  • Louis Gallien, Jr.
    Regent University
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    LOUIS B GALLIEN, Jr, is University Professor of Education at Regent University. Recent publications include: Instructing and mentoring the African American College Student: Strategies for Success in Higher Education, published by Allyn and Bacon Press in 2004, and Closing the Academic Achievement Gap of African American College Students, Teachers College Press, forthcoming. In addition, he has published several recent articles in the Journal of Negro Education, the Journal of College and Character.
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