Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: December 15, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971966 | Print ISBN: 9781412940504 | Online ISBN: 9781412971966| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
George J. Sefa Dei
African American education is education regarding the history, culture, identity, and politics of African peoples pursued through an African prism. This education has a clear sense of purpose to uphold the African presence, and it is fundamentally geared toward the development of peoples of African descent. Although African American education has relevance for all peoples, this form of education is critically and primarily (but not exclusively) about the holistic development of African peoples. In this regard, there is a powerful connection between what constitutes developmental education and African American education. This entry looks at developmental education's goals and pedagogical strategies. Developmental education is about creating a political, cultural-ideological frame of thought and social action, linking notions of culture, history, identity, freedom, and liberation to the political goal of achieving the sovereignty and dignity of all peoples. Developmental education is about the possibilities of critical, anticolonial education that can help learners ...