Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Originator of Culturally.
Culturally relevant pedagogy (CRP) has been a topic in education since 1995. Since Gloria Ladson-Billings presented her grounded theory, some teachers have adopted this approach in general education. According to limited data-based resources specifically about music education and CRP, it seems that music educators might have limited knowledge of what CRP is and how to implement its tenets.
In this episode I unpack Ladson-Billings’ (1995) seminal publication titled “Toward a theory of culturally relevant pedagogy,” which influenced much of the discourse around culturally relevant pedagogy in computer science education.
It is important to remember, as Ladson-Billings (1994) explains, culturally relevant teaching is a “pedagogy that empowers students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically by using cultural referents to impart knowledge, skills, and attitudes” (pp. 17-18).
Ladson-Billings discusses her work with the hip-hop and spoken word program First Wave as an example of how culturally sustaining pedagogy allows for a fluid understanding of culture, and a teaching practice that explicitly engages questions of equity and justice.
Although there has been a strong emphasis on multicultural education (Banks, 1981), culturally relevant pedagogy (Ladson-Billings, 1995), and culturally responsive pedagogy (Gay, 2000), helping teachers become culturally responsive continues to challenge teacher educators today (Ladson-Billings, 2011).
Case for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy OR THE PAST 6 YEARS I have been engaged in research with excellent teachers of African American students (see, for example, Ladson-Billings, 1990, 1992b, 1992c, 1994). Given the dismal aca-demic performance of many African American stu-dents (The College Board, 1985), I am not surprised that various administrators, teachers, and teacher edu-cators have.
Yet, the youth voices project was developed as a culturally relevant and sustaining educational program (Ladson-Billings, 1995, 2014 Paris andAlim, 2014, 2017) seeking to elevate the voices of.