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ERIC Number: EJ774766
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-0033-1538
Education for All or Just the Smartest Poor?
Abadzi, Helen
Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, v34 n3 p271-289 Sep 2004
The world has made great strides in providing primary education to the poor, and the donor community has financed much of the effort. However, the standardized achievement tests developed in many countries show unbelievably low outcomes. One of the reasons why such is happening to many countries is that their schools' have lower time on task. While time is not the only variable significantly related to student achievement, the amount of time students have available to process information emerges as a central concept in the acquisition of basic skills. The limited and inefficiently used time in the schools of the poor is the hallmark of the "pedagogy of poverty." In this article, the author examines the causes of wastage of instructional time and inefficient teaching methods. The author also suggests several strategies for increasing instructional time. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures and 13 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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