Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Ethnographic Study of Intermediate Students from Poverty: Intersections of School and Home
by Rector, Shiela G., Ed.D., Portland State University, 2018, 142; 10750132
Abstract (Summary)

The achievement gap in American schools between middle class students and students from poverty is well documented. This paper outlines the findings of a study designed to explore the experience and conscientization of struggling students from poverty. The argument will be made that poverty can be viewed as a culture and that this view may shed significant light on the dynamics of the achievement gap. Further, using the construct of poverty as a culture provides real life applications that have the potential to impact the achievement gap. The study explored the lived experiences in a public school setting of intermediate students from poverty, hoping to capture their voice and insights. The research utilized a Critical Pedagogical Approach to attempt to understand why American schools struggle with these populations and what could be done to address the achievement gap.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chaillé, Christine
Commitee: Bright, Anita, Henry, Samuel, Labissiere, Yves
School: Portland State University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: DAI-A 79/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational sociology, Education Policy, Education
Keywords: Conscientization, Culture, Elementary, Poverty, Public schools, Students
Publication Number: 10750132
ISBN: 9780438145535
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