Impact of Poverty on Education Marcia Melton EDCI 6300 Summer, 2007 Introduction The United States has about 74.5 million children. Even though our county is one of the world’s 24 wealthiest country’s, the United States has the highest child poverty rate. (UNICEF, 2007)
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This site includes many statistics about children in poverty. It also includes research information, projects, state profiles and publications. Very useful information for policy makers, educators and parents.
This article provides basic information about the research and writings of Ruby Payne. It provides an overview of the concepts provided in her writings and workshops as well as examples educators can relate to.
This website takes a global look at poverty with lesson plans for teachers to use with students. It also provides links to other resources such as Save the Children and WaterAid. While based in the United Kingdom, the global look at information makes the website useful to all educators.
At this website you will find a great presentation about poverty. Go to the URL above, find site resources, and click on take a tour of Poverty USA. Units are available for different grade levels. While Catholic based, the information is great for educators in the public school setting.
The information at this site is a PDF file of research presentations at the Poverty Conference, 2001. Sida, Swedish Internatinal Development Cooperation Agency, invited international researchers to present and then compiled the information in a document to help create an awareness of the effects of poverty and the social and education implications.
These publications give educators background information about learning theories and how that relates to the classroom.
Dimensions of Learning outlines five types of thinking: Attitudes and Perceptions, How We Acquire and Integrate Knowledge, How We Extend and Refine Knowledge, How to Use Knowledge Meaningfully and How We Form Habits of the Mind. Each section of the book has classroom example to help lead educators to understand practical applications.
Building Background Knowledge gives the educator a perspective about the value of vocabulary in school achievement. Six steps are given to help with effective vocabulary instruction.
Classroom Instruction That Works examines research that looks at teaching strategies that most impact student learning. Note taking, group work and using graphic organizers plus other strategies are discussed and researched. The material is organized so that educators see the relationship between the research and how that relates to the classroom.
Ruby Payne’s work focuses on the differences of values in the economic classes of people. While specifically designed to inform educators how to relate to students of low economic status, specific strategies are discussed on how educators can make learning significant to all students.
A Framework for Understanding Poverty gives case studies of individuals and engages the reader to explore what resources does this individual have or lack that impacts their success. The importance of creating relationships is also discussed.
Understanding Learning, the How, the Why, the What is a resource guide for teachers that takes the information presented in A Framework for Understanding Poverty and gives educators practical ready to use ideas. The first three chapters are a refresher course in the CPI model of learning theory. Payne then provides the teacher a handbook of easy to follow strategies to engage students.