1st Edition

Toward A BlackBoyCrit Pedagogy
Black Boys, Male Teachers, and Early Childhood Classroom Practices

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ISBN 9780367254032
October 21, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Critical and necessary, this book provides a window into the education and lives of Black boys in early childhood settings. Applying portraiture methodology, Bryan explores experiences of Black boys and their male teachers in ways that affirm their humanity and acknowledge the consequences of existing in a white supremacist system. Bryan’s nuanced and comprehensive portraits honor the voices of Black boys and their male teachers, and counter the one-dimensional and essentialist perspectives that proliferate in our schools, which Bryan identifies as anti-Black misandry.

Introducing BlackBoyCrit Pedagogy, Bryan addresses the impact of socially constructed stereotypes and perceptions in the classroom and highlights the importance of educators who challenge such practices. In so doing, he provides a much-needed in-depth examination of pedagogies, literacies, and practices Black male teachers employ, as well as a perceptive view of the academic and social landscapes Black boys must navigate.

Table of Contents

Series Editors' Foreword: Valerie Kinloch and Susi Long


Introduction: (Re)membering Mr. C: Early Childhood Memories of the Classroom Practices of a Black Male Kindergarten Teacher

Chapter 1: Are Black Boys Well? Anti-Black Misandry in The Academic and Social Landscape of Black Boys in Early Childhood Education

Chapter 2: Just What Are Black Critical Theory and Black Male Studies Doing in this ‘Nice’ Field of Early Childhood Education? Toward a BlackBoyCrit Pedagogy

Chapter 3: Anti-Black Misandry and The Recruitment and Retention Narrative: Seeing Black Male Teachers as Pedagogues in the Lives of Black Boys

Chapter 4: Black Males as BlackBoyCrit Pedagogues in Early Childhood Classrooms: Black Boys’ Portraits of Mr. Javien, Mr. Tal, and Mr. Henry

Chapter 5: Moving Beyond Literacy Normativity: Toward Black Masculine Literacies in Early Childhood Education

Chapter 6: Cultivating Black Masculine Literacies as a Praxis of BlackBoyCrit Pedagogy: Black Boys’ Portraits of Mr. Tal, Mr. Henry, and Mr. Javien

Chapter 7: Understanding Black Boyhood Play Experiences in Early Childhood Education

Chapter 8: Facilitating BlackBoy (Play)Crit Literacies in Early Childhood Classrooms: Portrait of Roland on Mr. Henry

Chapter 9: BlackBoyCrit Pedagogy: A New Way Forward for Black Boys in Early Childhood Education

Afterword. Chance Lewis


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Nathaniel Bryan is Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at the Miami University, USA.