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ERIC Number: EJ870982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1341
"Mythbusters": Dispelling the Culture of Poverty Myth in the Urban Classroom
Rogalsky, Jennifer
Journal of Geography, v108 n4-5 p198-209 2009
Scholars have provided numerous critical analyses of the structural causes of poverty. Unfortunately, many teachers are still led to believe, via best selling books and mainstream discourse, that behaviors, neighborhoods, and families determine educational outcomes. This "culture of poverty" theory must be disproved; educators need to be informed about the structural causes of poverty and gain in-depth knowledge of their students' lives. Through geo-literacy projects aimed at uncovering children's perceptions of their neighborhoods and parents' roles in their children's education, incorrect assumptions about low-income students can be dispelled. The result is more equitable power relations among students, families, and teachers, thus improving teacher effectiveness and educational outcomes. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001