ERIC Number: ED394771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
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A Tough Row to Hoe: Research on Education and Rural Poor Families.
Thurston, Linda P.; Navarrete, Lori
Interviews with 265 low-income women examined demographic factors, maternal and child educational experiences, and social support factors, with a focus on urban-rural differences. The women lived in Kansas, Tennessee, Texas, and Florida, and ranged in age from 16 to 55; 94 percent had children and 80 percent were not currently married. The results show that rural poor women were more likely to be married or divorced while the majority of urban women were never married; almost twice as many rural as urban women had families of four or more children; rural women reported receiving welfare longer than urban women; rural respondents were generally older; and urban women had more education but were employed less than rural women. The most important findings that relate to special education personnel are: (1) poor mothers did not get involved in school activities, probably because of discomfort with teachers and lack of social support rather than because of attitudes toward school, which were positive; (2) poor families had more children with special needs, which, added to the stress and pressures of poverty, may prevent school involvement; and (3) lack of social support was a big factor in the lives of poor women. Schools that aim to be supportive of parents and involve parents in their children's education need to consider that lack of support can be a major barrier for parents. (Contains 12 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Aid to Families with Dependent Children
Note: In: Rural Goals 2000: Building Programs That Work; see RC 020 545.