Dr. Kimi Wilson, Associate Professor at Cal State Los Angeles and Governance Board Member at Minds Matter Southern California, has published Black Boys’ Lived and Everyday Experiences in STEM.
Real and meaningful educational ethnography requires researchers to grapple with how they come to know what they know. In the book, KiMi Wilson invites us to understand the experiences of four Black boys attempting to learn mathematics and science in K-12 spaces. How do mitigating circumstances and fraught relationships impede their journey to sharpening their mathematical and scientific skills?
Taking us on a sociocultural trek of the best and worst elements of public education, Wilson provides access to a bird’s eye view of how Black boys experience schooling on a day-to-day basis. Through phenomenological interviews, readers are let into the minds of students Carter, Malik, Darius, and Thomas and given the opportunity to understand how they identify themselves. Showcasing a mixture of revelations, we learn how some of their perceptions come from an authentic place, while others were out of their own control and decided by individuals blind to their potential. Imagining a world where Black boys are encouraged to work on STEM goals rather than abandon them, this important book is for educators, researchers, teachers, administrators, and superintendents who want to create school cultures that value Black boys and want to reimagine teaching spaces for them.
About the Author
KiMi Wilson is Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction at California State University, Los Angeles, USA. He is committed to revolutionizing education through love and compassion. He is also the Founder of Equation 2 Success. An education consulting firm that works with school districts, schools, and businesses. Dr. Wilson is a Governance Board Member at Minds Matter Southern California.