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Theory, Praxis, and Community Service [microform] : Cornerstones of Black Studies. Occasional Paper No. 23 / James Jennings
Bib ID 5616352
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Jennings, James
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Description [Washington D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1993 
23 p. 

Community-based research in Black Studies is a general phrase suggesting that scholarship about blacks should be pursued within a framework of theory, praxis, and community service. Both theory and praxis are critical in order to understand fully how black life experiences have molded and are reflected in American civilization. Theory refers to the building of predictive and projective knowledge about the experiences of blacks, and praxis implies that theoretical understandings of black life experiences should be informed by the concrete experiences of blacks. Community service refers to the idea that students should use their education, as well as the resources of the institution of higher education, to assist in resolving the economic and social problems and challenges of black individuals and communities. The growth of these ideas is traced in the work of W. E. B. Du Bois and Malcolm X. Two major scholarly works that reflect the synthesis of scholarship, praxis, and community service are Kenneth Clark's "Dark Ghetto" (1965) and "The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual" by Harold Cruse, also published in the 1960s. In spite of intellectual and institutional resistance to the synthesis of black scholarship, praxis, and community service, it is imperative that the black community continues to pursue its pedagogical tradition. Black Studies must continue to use the highest standards of intellectual pursuit in ways that connect theory, praxis, and community services. (Contains 20 references.) (SLD)


ERIC Note: Based on a presentation at the 20th anniversary celebration of Cornell University's African Studies and Research Center, March 1990.

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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Black Students.  |  Black Studies.  |  Educational Practices.  |  Educational Research.  |  Educational Theories.  |  Higher Education.  |  Intellectual Disciplines.  |  Multicultural Education.  |  Scholarship.  |  Community Service Praxis
Form/genre Opinion Papers.
Other authors/contributors Massachusetts Univ., Boston, MA. William Monroe Trotter Inst
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