By Z. Williams
This e-book introduces Africana Cultures and coverage experiences as an interdisciplinary box, rooted within the ancient adventure of individuals of African descent. deliberately, those essays search to canonize Africana historic reports for the needs of coverage improvement, research, and sensible application. Africana Cultures and coverage reports demands a relocation and synthesis of policy-derived study emanating from private and non-private tradition spheres. within the method, its aim is to exploit historical past and tradition to have interaction the coverage approach from a top-down and bottom-up strategy, thereby dissolving the formerly impenetrable divides among concept and perform, teachers and policymakers, and neighborhood constituencies and comparable social/civic associations.
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5. Does the change invalidate existing policy? 45 Even when policies are not officially terminated, budget shortfalls may prevent them from being fully realized as they were intended to be implemented. This has often occurred in American politics, for example, with some Great Society programs of the 1960s that failed to achieve their goals partly because they were never appropriately funded. 46 Critical Questions That Need to Be Asked regarding Policy Termination as It Affects African Americans 1.
Critical Questions the African American Community Need to Ask When Policies Are Changed 1. What recommended changes were made in the policy cycle? 2. Who recommended the change(s)? Policymakers, community coalitions, lawmakers or special interest groups? 3. Why were the change(s) recommended? 4. Will the recommended change improve policy outcomes? How will it affect the African American community? 5. Does the change invalidate existing policy? 45 Even when policies are not officially terminated, budget shortfalls may prevent them from being fully realized as they were intended to be implemented.
African-centered research seeks to use the cultural knowledge and experience of African American researchers and their participants in the design of research projects as well as in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. See Linda C. Tillman’s “Culturally Sensitive Research Approaches: An African American Perspective,” Educational Researcher 31:9 (2002): 3–12 and Terry Kershaw’s “The Emerging Paradigm in Black Studies” in The African American Studies Reader, 496–505. African American studies as a discipline can make use of the analytical methods, theoretical paradigms, and tools of other disciplines and develop new approaches and methodologies grounded in African-centered paradigms.