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Framework for Understanding Poverty Paperback – Jan 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: AHA! Process (January 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929229488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929229482
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.8 x 1.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As a psychology researcher in inner-city schools, I am drawn to the description of this book because as a field (edu. research), we do indeed lack a theoretical framework to understand poverty in relation to school achievement. But this book falls very short in presenting such a framework. The main data of the book is the author's anecdotal experience, which she summarizes in almost in-your-face presentation of poverty case studies. But a framework fails to draw on various existing well-researched directions in poverty and in education to present a coherent parsimonious way to understand complex phenomena. The conclusions drawn by this author is thinly baesd on a few limited writings (mostly on linguistics), while largely a collection of personal opinions. The author stated that the idea for the book proceeded her years of "research" experience. That may be the problem. A hindsight retrospection wears very tainted lenses. The "years of experience" is not examined in real-time with specific research questions. Rather, they are selectively drawn upon to be coherent only with the author's current thinking. The reference list in the back is more in depth than what the author actually put in text. The mostly pointless clip art inserted throughout the book made it seem like the publisher is trying to squeeze more pages into a other-wise small book. The two pages comparing classes are interesting (but by no means research or data based). They did become very stereotypical (like the local evening news). Educational recommendations are very simplistic and lack explicit logical reasoning. I question the book's treatment of poverty students as a different breed, indicating that somehow they need to be taught special rules in order to even begin learning.Read more ›
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This is a fast read that really answers a lot of question for teachers, like myself, who work with students who live in poverty. There are great suggestions on how to meet those students needs but most importantly understand how the mindset of poverty, middle class and wealthy differ. I am hoping this will help me understand my students better and help me approach my teaching in a more affective way.
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This is a critical read for anyone working with people in poverty. The 'scales fall from one's eyes' as the previously incomprehensible actions of people is revealed as the logical actions of those surviving in a Culture of Poverty, making decisions that ensure survival within that culture but restricting movement OUT of poverty. Makes it exceedingly difficult to 'blame the victim' and reminds that knowledge is Power!
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This book does not provide any 'understanding' of poverty. It gives a very superficial and stereotype picture of poverty children and families. In fact, these stereotypes are part of the social problem of poverty itsef!
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There are a few scenarios that may cause you to look at things from a viewpoint different from your own. Whether this makes teachers develop more compassion towards poor students is questionable to me. Most teachers I know already have that in place.
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