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African-American Children at Church: A Sociocultural by Wendy L. Haight

By Wendy L. Haight

In African-American young children at Church Dr. Haight offers an important description of kid rearing in a Black group within the western usa. established upon an in depth, naturalistic learn of adult-child interplay, the ebook describes the ideals and childrearing practices of profitable African-American adults, targeting the position of faith in kid's improvement. The booklet contains descriptions of adult-child storytelling, clash, and play in Sunday tuition and describes how learn effects have been used to boost a preventive, academic intervention for kids.

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The Pastor There has been little, if any, question about the central role of the African-American preacher in the black church and community (Becker, 1997; Du Bois, 1961; Johnson, 1955; Moss, 1988). For generations, the pastor has been a primary source of hope and inspiration for AfricanAmericans. Pastor Daniels, an articulate man in his mid-forties at the time of the study, fits the picture of a charismatic, energetic leader. He has served as full-time pastor of First Baptist Church since 1974, longer than any other Baptist pastor in the history of Utah (Davis, 1997).

Sister Ima taught the intermediate class of 12- to 15-year-olds. She was a native of rural North Carolina who moved to Salt Lake City approximately 20 years prior to the start of the study. In her mid-forties, Sister Ima was the mother of a teenage daughter. She had been teaching Sunday School for 14 years and junior high in the public schools for 23 years. Research Strategy 37 She was particularly insightful in dealing with issues facing her students at school, such as developing appropriate study habits and dealing with peer pressure.

At the time of the study, she was the director of the Salt Lake City African American Dance Company, an amateur group of approximately 30 children from First Baptist Church who performed at the arts festival and other local events and aspired to tour Africa. Sister Justine had been teaching Sunday School “on and off ” for about 7 years. Her manner of interaction with the children was engaged and humorous. Children responded to her with careful attention and frequent laughter. Sister Ima taught the intermediate class of 12- to 15-year-olds.

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