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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Sense Publishers (February 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9087909861
  • ISBN-13: 978-9087909864
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Antonio L. Ellis on May 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Not surprisingly, the hip-hop generation and science educators within urban education classrooms experience major conflicts of interest. Unfortunately, within this tug-of-war for power, students tangibly succumb due to the overarching goals of meeting annual year progress (AYP) and the overwhelming focus on passing standardized examinations. In essence, since educational establishments measure success by grades earned without taking the systematic fallacies into account, urban students suffer and are stigmatized as lacking the ability and desire to achieve in science. Various scholars stand at the forefront challenging this idea that is in route to causing an apartheid among minorities who have the ability to become scientists (see Banks, 2003; Ball and Muhammad, 2003; Noguera and Wing, 2006).

Edmond reveals a host of factors that prohibits fruitful connections in between urban science education learning communities and the hip-hop generation. Traditionally science has been monolithically taught in spaces where educators lectured to students with the expectation that students will regurgitate the disseminated data through a test or lab project, while the hip-hop generation learning style unapologetically vary from the antiquated science teaching methodology. These intelligent students have higher chances at achieving when teaching methodologies allows dialogues among peers, just as it is within the hip-hop culture. This dialogue empowers student to be free thinkers and mentally digest information. The author notes that "participants in hop-hop generally view science classrooms as fields that impede their excitement about learning new things or actively participating in an activity" (p.31).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ariel83 on April 25, 2013
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This book is amazing. The ideas are innovative, the critiques of schooling are spot on, the challenges for educators are inspiring, and it makes me see that the hip-hop generation has immense potential. I will recommend it to every science teacher.... better yet every educator I know
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0 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Morski on November 21, 2012
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So Christopher Emdin's 'vision' for science education is teach it using hip hop? Seriously???

The reality is that not everyone has the intellectual capacity to learn science. There are a lot of prerequisites that must be completed before even attempting it: facility with complex mathematics and rational thinking being just two of them. There's also a cultural valuing of science (and actually learning) that tends to be missing from inner-city schools.

I seriously doubt that anything Emdin proposes in this book will prove effective in the long-term. But I'm sure it will boost his media profile substantially.
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