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ERIC Number: ED392143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
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Homelessness, Schooling and Attainment: A Preliminary Assessment of 'Disruption Indicators' on Children's Performance in the Early Years of Schooling.
Murray, Louis; And Others
This paper, building on information from Portsmouth, Blackpool, and other coastal England towns with transient populations, summarizes data on four theorized indicators of social and economic deprivation that affect families with school-age children. The four indicators measured disruption, housing, family status, and neighborhood. Methods included analysis of enrollment and demographic data for Year 1 classes (5-year-olds) in 15 Portsmouth area primary schools and a survey of 200 parents of children attending the 15 schools. Coastal towns with unique leisure, tourist, and transitory accommodation functions are characterized by a significant transient population who make uncommon demands on local services, such as education. Following the economic decline of the coastal towns, local authorities secured bed-and-breakfast hotels to provide shelter for homeless populations. The findings indicate that, in general, children who had been disrupted in their housing and/or schooling were doing less well in terms of vocabulary development than those who were not disrupted. However, children living in temporary accommodations were socially well adjusted in the school situation. Nine tables, two charts, a glossary, and list of indicators are included. (Contains 32 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers: England