ERIC Number: EJ1228861
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
High-Achieving, Low-Income Students' Perspectives of How Schools Can Promote the Academic Achievement of Students Living in Poverty
Williams, Joseph M.; Greenleaf, Arie T.; Barnes, Erin F.; Scott, Tracey R.
Improving Schools, v22 n3 p224-236 Nov 2019
Children and adolescents from low-income families now comprise a majority of public school students nationally. As the number of students from low-income backgrounds increases, so does the achievement gap between them and their wealthier peers. This phenomenological qualitative study examined a national sample of high-achieving, low-income middle school students' (N = 24) perspectives on what schools can do to promote the academic achievement of students from low-income backgrounds. Three main themes and seven subthemes were identified: create a culture of hope, develop relational networks, and establish meaningful parent--school collaborations. Implications for counselors and educators serving youth living in poverty are discussed.
Descriptors: High Achievement, Low Income Students, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement, Poverty, Middle School Students, Achievement Gap, Children, Adolescents, Parent Student Relationship, Public Schools, Phenomenology, Grade 7
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Elementary Education; Grade 7
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