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Revolutionary STEM Education

Critical-Reality Pedagogy and Social Justice in STEM for Black Males


Jeremiah J. Sims

Revolutionary STEM Education: Critical-Reality Pedagogy and Social Justice in STEM for Black Males by Jeremiah J. Sims, an educator, researcher, and administrator from Richmond, California, is calling for a revolutionary, paradigm shift in the STEM education of and for Black boys. STEM education has been reliant on axioms and purported facts that for far too long have been delivered in a banking or absorption model that is, arguably, anti-critical. Unsurprisingly, this pedagogical approach to STEM education has failed large segments of students; and, this is especially true of African American males. Revolutionary STEM Education highlights, chronicles, and investigates the potential inroads and vistas of a Saturday Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program, Male Aptitudes Nurtured for Unlimited Potential (MAN UP), which was designed to foster interest and competence in STEM by middle school Black boys. This program was impelled by a critical-reality based pedagogical approach, which was formulated to arrive at socio-academic synergy, that is, a thoughtful conjoining of students’ real life concerns, joys, ways of being, and socio-cultural identities and the curricular material covered in the courses offered at MAN UP.

Sims’ lived-experiences as an inner-city, low-income Black male are interspersed throughout Revolutionary STEM Education; however, the heartbeat of this book is, undoubtedly, the stories of the positive transformation that the MAN UP scholars experienced while becoming more competent in STEM, developing positive STEM identities, and learning to use their STEM knowledge for social justice.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Sims, Jeremiah J., author. Title: Revolutionary STEM education: critical-reality pedagogy and social justice in STEM for black males / Jeremiah J. Sims. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2018. Series: Educational psychology: critical pedagogical perspectives; v. 36 | ISSN 1943-8109 Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2017051872 | ISBN 978-1-4331-4950-4 (hardback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-5760-8 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4331-5254-2 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-5255-9 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-5256-6 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: African American boys—Education. | African American young men—Education. | Science—Study and teaching—Social aspects—United States. | Social justice—United States. | Racism in education—United States. Classification: LCC LC2731 .S54 2018 | DDC 507.1/073—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b13074 Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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