“Doing Hair” and Literacy in an Afterschool Reading and Writing Workshop for African-American Adolescent Girls

March 1st, 2005 | RESEARCH

African-American adolescent girls who expressed little interest in literacy activities nevertheless enthusiastically engaged in reading and writing around a topic that mattered to them—doing hair—particularly when they were allowed to determine the format of the literacy activities. The program aimed to carve out free spaces for self-directed learning.


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Team Members

Daneel Edwards, Author, Vanderbilt University


Publication: Afterschool Matters
Volume: 4
Page(s): 42

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Access and Inclusion: Women and Girls
Audience: Educators | Teachers | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science | History | policy | law | Literacy
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | Public Programs