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Cultivating Science Genius Through Hip-Hop Development and Reality Pedagogy

aYouth Popular Culture Institute, USA
bUniversity of Southern California, USA

Young, Gifted and Missing

ISBN: 978-1-80117-731-3, eISBN: 978-1-80117-730-6

Publication date: 17 August 2022


This chapter challenges the notion that Black males in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are missing from the discipline and proposes a model that presents underrepresentation as a function of Black males being both intentionally undiscovered and/or deliberately disconnected from particular academic disciplines. Our work offers a tangible and implementable yet aligned theory/method/exemplar for supporting the STEM genius of Black males through a hip-hop development (HHD) approach that aligns with a unique pedagogical method rooted in hip-hop culture.

In this chapter, we describe a hip-hop based science program as an intervention that combats STEM undiscovery and disconnectedness. We suggest that this program (through its theoretical and methodological roots) provides a set of practices that have the potential to bolster both academic content knowledge and knowledge of self. We argue that this program supports the development of the students' full socioemotional selves – which is a necessary prerequisite to pursuing academic content knowledge.



Harper, P.T.H. and Emdin, C. (2022), "Cultivating Science Genius Through Hip-Hop Development and Reality Pedagogy", Robins, A.G., Knibbs, L., Ingram, T.N., Weaver, M.N. and Hilton, A.A. (Ed.) Young, Gifted and Missing (Diversity in Higher Education, Vol. 25), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 99-113.



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