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ERIC Number: ED454330
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-13
Pages: 36
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Literacy in the Face of Poverty: Two Case Studies of High Achieving Low-Income African American Fifth Grade Readers.
Robert, Pamela Faulkner
This study examines influences on the high reading achievement of two low-income, African American fifth graders, both girls, and both of whom lived with their grandmothers. Data came from interviews with the students, their teachers, and their custodial guardians and from observations of the students at school and at home. Results indicated that while one of the students lived in dire poverty with no evidence of reading material around the house, and the other lived in poverty with reading material clearly present at home, both were high achieving readers who were significantly influenced by their grandmothers (who promoted high reading achievement). Both grandmothers stressed the importance of reading and education, and both grandmothers were involved in their granddaughters' education. Both girls had attended the Head Start program, and both attended elementary schools that promoted high reading achievement. Though the two girls had very different dispositions and reputations, they both possessed strong self-concepts as readers and as students, and both had long-term academic and professional goals. The elements that appeared to be of greatest influence in the academic success of these students were encouragement and high expectations from both family and teachers, along with early reading success and student motivation. (Contains 26 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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