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ERIC Number: EJ829689
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Accelerate the Learning of 4th and 5th Graders Born into Poverty
Pogrow, Stanley
Phi Delta Kappan, v90 n6 p408-412 Feb 2009
The special learning needs of students in grades 4-5 who are children of poverty have been misunderstood and therefore unaddressed. As a result, many students born into poverty start down a slippery slope of steady academic decline in grades 4 and 5. But specialized, counter-intuitive approaches. Specifically, accelerating the learning of these students after the third grade requires reducing supplemental instruction in reading and math and using that time to develop a sense of understanding via intensive Socratic interaction and periodically linking the teaching of existing content objectives to how students' perceive the world and their role in it.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A