Poverty and Literacy

Routledge
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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.

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About the author

Nathalis G. Wamba is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational and Community Programs in the School of Education at Queens College, City University of New York, USA. He is co-author of Exit Narratives: Reflections of Four Retired Teachers (2010).

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Publisher
Routledge
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Published on
Jul 16, 2014
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Pages
136
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ISBN
9781317978312
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / Educational Policy & Reform / General
Education / General
Education / Philosophy, Theory & Social Aspects
Education / Research
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