1st Edition

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

By Nathaniel Bryan Copyright 2022
    200 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    200 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Critical and necessary, this book provides a window into the education and lives of Black boys in early childhood settings. Drawing on Black Critical Theory and Black Male Studies, and 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.

    Series Editors' Foreword: Valerie Kinloch and Susi Long



    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: Roland's Portrait of Mr. Henry

    Chapter 9: BlackBoyCrit Pedagogy: A New Way Forward for Black Boys

    Afterword. Chance W. Lewis



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