ERIC Number: EJ805256
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
Understanding the Students We Teach: Poverty in the Classroom
Bennett, Missy M.
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v81 n6 p251-256 Jul-Aug 2008
Secondary preservice teachers at Georgia Southern University have little knowledge of poverty or the lives of students who live in poverty. Preservice teachers rarely interact with others who live outside their self-reported middle-class status. In this article, the author examines the effects a study of poverty has on the philosophy and practice of secondary education preservice teachers. Themes that emerged were development of awareness of socioeconomic differences, development of empathetic rapport and caring attitudes, and development of a commitment to culturally responsive teaching. The author also discusses the implication of this research on classroom practice and the broader scope of teacher education.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Poverty, Secondary School Teachers, Disadvantaged Youth, Consciousness Raising, Socioeconomic Influences, Empathy, Teacher Student Relationship, Culturally Relevant Education, Classroom Techniques
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia