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ERIC Number: ED538370
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
Poverty and Education: A Teacher's Perspective--Summary of the Findings of the Focus Group Research. BCTF Research Report. Section V. 2012-EI-01
White, Margaret
British Columbia Teachers' Federation
In 2009, 100,000 children in British Columbia (BC) lived in families who have incomes below the after-tax poverty line, with BC having the highest child poverty rate in Canada (First Call, 2011). Income inequality is also increasing among BC families (First Call, 2010), a trend that has emerged in Canada and the United States. This report provides a summary of the main themes that were identified in the analysis of the focus group data on teacher perceptions of: (1) how poverty affects student learning and participation in school activities, (2) challenges encountered and strategies used to support students to overcome educational barriers related to poverty and (3) recommendations for what is needed in the classroom, school, and community to support low-income students and their families to overcome educational barriers related to poverty. The report concludes with a brief summary of actions taken by the social justice teachers involved in the research, after the focus groups were completed. (Contains 7 tables and 4 footnotes.) [This paper was prepared through collaboration with Ilse Hill, Stacey Kemp, Julia MacRae, and Linda Young.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF) (Canada)
Identifiers - Location: Canada