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ERIC Number: EJ883756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar-9
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-1207-7798
"Good, Steady Progress": Success Stories from Ontario Elementary Schools in Challenging Circumstances
Flessa, Joseph; Gallagher-Mackay, Kelly; Parker, Darlene Ciuffetelli
Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, n101 Mar 2010
This paper presents findings from a funded case study research project conducted in Ontario, Canada during the 2007-2008 school year. Together with the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the researchers undertook a qualitative investigation to identify and describe success stories from a diverse sample of 11 Ontario elementary schools working with students and communities affected by poverty. Through school visits, interviews, and document analysis, researchers identified three major findings: schools made connections with parents and the broader community; schools built a sense of collective endeavor and community within the school; and schools struggled with a persistent dilemma regarding students' social versus academic needs. The project contributes to the Canadian research literature on poverty and schooling and to the practical understanding of how schools can better work with students and communities affected by poverty. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada