Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance

  • Filename: giving-our-children-a-fighting-chance.
  • ISBN: 9780807753583
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 163
  • Author: Susan B. Neuman
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press



This is an eye-opening portrait of two communities in Philadelphia with drastically different economic resources. Over the course of their 10-year investigation, the authors came to understand that this disparity between affluence and poverty has created a knowlege gap, far more important than mere achievement scores, with serious implications for students' economic prosperity and social mobility. At the heart of this knowledge gap is the limited ability of students from poor communities to develop information capital. This book provides powerful insights into the role that literacy can play in giving low-income students a fighting chance. Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance : documents how inequalities begin early and are reinforced by geographic concentration; compares community libraries to see how print is used in each neighbourhood and how children develop as young readers; looks at patterns that create radical differences in experiences and attitudes toward learning prior to entering school; explores the function of technology as a tool that exacerbates the divide between affluent students and those with limited access to information; and provides a comprehensive analysis of community literacy, documenting the transformation of media habits from books to computers.

Narrowing the Literacy Gap

  • Filename: narrowing-the-literacy-gap.
  • ISBN: 1593852770
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Number of pages: 195
  • Author: Diane M. Barone
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications



Looks at why students in high-poverty schools struggle with literacy achievement, details what specific factors promote success, and provides recommendations for enriching the classroom environment at different grade levels.

Laboring to Learn

  • Filename: laboring-to-learn.
  • ISBN: 9780252075551
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Author: Lorna Rivera
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press



The struggle for literacy, education, and employment for women during welfare reform

Poverty and Literacy

  • Filename: poverty-and-literacy.
  • ISBN: 9781317978329
  • Release Date: 2014-07-16
  • Number of pages: 136
  • Author: Nathalis Wamba
  • Publisher: Routledge



There is a mutual dependence between poverty and academic achievement, creative pedagogies for low-income pupils, school models that ‘beat the odds’, and the resiliency of low-income families dedicated to the academic success of their children. This book examines the connection between poverty and literacy, looking at the potential roles and responsibilities of teachers, school administrators, researchers, and policymakers in closing the achievement gap and in reducing the effects of poverty on the literacy skill development of low-income children. There are numerous suggestions about how to improve schools so that they respond to the needs of low-income children; some argue for school reform, while others advocate social reform, and yet others suggest combining both educational reform and social reform. Without a strong foundation in literacy, children are all too often denied access to a rich and diverse curriculum. Reading and writing are passports to achievement in many other curricular areas, and literacy education plays an important role in moving people out of poverty toward greater self-sufficiency post-graduation. Schools and home environments share responsibility for literacy skill development; in school, literacy equals the acquisition of reading and writing skills, but it is also a social practice key to social mobility. The achievement gap between low-income, middle-class, and upper middle-class students illustrates the power of socioeconomic factors outside school. This book was originally published as two special issues of Reading & Writing Quarterly: Overcoming Learning Difficulties.

Educating the Other America

  • Filename: educating-the-other-america.
  • ISBN: 1557669066
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 356
  • Author: Susan B. Neuman
  • Publisher: Brookes Pub



A passionate call to action for improving education of children in poverty

Women Poverty and Literacy

  • Filename: women-poverty-and-literacy.
  • ISBN: 383836726X
  • Release Date: 2010-07
  • Number of pages: 184
  • Author: Wapula Nelly Raditloaneng
  • Publisher: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing



This study sought to investigate women s understanding and perceptions of poverty and literacy in Botswana. Women are among the groups hardest hit by poverty. A qualitative case study was developed to answer 2 primary research questions: What is the women s understanding and perceptions of poverty? Is participation in literacy a factor in women s understanding and perceptions of poverty? The questions were addressed in a case study of 2 groups of women who were living in poverty in Botswana. Eight of the women were semi-literate and eight were non-literate. The study was conducted from July to December 2000 in Old Naledi, Gaborone, Botswana. Notions of illiteracy and gender inequality as aggravators of poverty informed the study.The literacy approach gave the researcher an opportunity to analyze not only gender but also my role as a single Motswana woman solely raising two children. Not only did I experience poverty during early childhood but my role as a knowledge resource in poverty, single parenthood and adult education contributed to the findings of this study. The research employed three primary data collection methods: review of documents and research, interviews and observation.

Raising Literacy Achievement in High Poverty Schools

  • Filename: raising-literacy-achievement-in-high-poverty-schools.
  • ISBN: 9781135041021
  • Release Date: 2014-01-03
  • Number of pages: 324
  • Author: Eithne Kennedy
  • Publisher: Routledge



This book shares lessons gleaned from a two-year intervention in a high-poverty school, which was highly successful in significantly narrowing the literacy achievement gap and in raising children’s motivation and engagement in literacy both inside and outside school. Kennedy argues that there is much that disadvantaged schools can do to close the gap, but this is more likely to occur when a research-based approach to instruction (with a dual emphasis on cognitive skills and motivation and engagement), assessment and professional development is undertaken.

Statistical Handbook on Poverty in the Developing World

  • Filename: statistical-handbook-on-poverty-in-the-developing-world.
  • ISBN: 1573562491
  • Release Date: 1999-01-01
  • Number of pages: 425
  • Author: Chandrika Kaul
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group



Although poverty is one of the most serious issues facing the world's population, finding statistical information on this subject has, in the past, required a significant amount of time and effort. Now, this volume provides researchers with a single, comprehensive resource that includes detailed information regarding the worldwide and regional impact of poverty in the developing world and on individual countries from authoritative sources including the World Bank and the UN Human Development Report. The "Handbook" includes statistics on economic indicators, demographic patterns, income distribution, and other factors that impact poverty in the world today. Two special sections focus on women and children and on poverty in selected cities worldwide.

Resilient Children

  • Filename: resilient-children.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015043775439
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Number of pages: 241
  • Author: Diane M. Barone
  • Publisher: International Reading Assn



This book defines and examines assumptions about children who were prenatally exposed to crack/cocaine and who have other risk factors that may negatively affect their literacy development. It suggests the 26 children in the study disproved the labels attached to them; they were inquisitive about learning and in most cases were at grade level or above in literacy development. Realization of the importance of overcoming the risk factors and celebrating children's growth as readers and writers were factors contributing to the children's success. Chapters include: "The Beginning of the Study"; "What We Have Learned About Children Prenatally Exposed to Crack/Cocaine"; "Discovering Resilience: The Structure and Results of the Study." Six additional chapters present case studies of individual students. The last chapter discusses why these children's stories are important. Contains 191 references; a table, "Summaries of Literacy Development Year 1 Through Year 4" is attached. (EF)

Illiteracy and Poverty

  • Filename: illiteracy-and-poverty.
  • ISBN: IND:30000057009643
  • Release Date: 1990
  • Number of pages: 16
  • Author: Malcolm S. Adiseshiah
  • Publisher: Geneva : Unesco : International Bureau of Education



Poverty of the Imagination

  • Filename: poverty-of-the-imagination.
  • ISBN: 9780810116924
  • Release Date: 2001-09-28
  • Number of pages: 282
  • Author: David Herman
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press



The primal scene of all nineteenth-century western thought might involve an observer gazing at someone poor, most commonly on the streets of a great metropolis, and wondering what the spectacle meant in human, moral, political, and metaphysical terms. For Russia, most of whose people hovered near the poverty line throughout history, the scene is one of special significance, presenting a plethora of questions and possibilities for writers who wished to depict the spiritual and material reality of Russian life. How these writers responded, and what their portrayal of poverty reveals and articulates about core values of Russian culture, is the subject of this book, which offers a compelling look into the peculiar convergence in nineteenth-century Russian literature of ideas about the poor and about the processes of art.

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