How teachers can understand and combat the effects of poverty on literacy development

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dc.contributor.advisor Popplewell, Scott R. Nolan, Deirdre R. 2013-06-14T11:32:16Z 2013-06-14T11:32:16Z 2012-05 2012-05
dc.identifier.other A-346
dc.description.abstract Modern day teachers are faced with nearly unrealistic expectations and pressures in and out of the classroom. Their responsibilities include managing large and diverse groups of children, collecting and analyzing mass amounts of data, meeting school and state curriculum requirements, and much more. With the economic status of America today, another challenge teachers are faced with is to effectively reach and teach children who are living in poverty. Children from low-income families often have trouble with literacy development both before and during their school-age years. It is imperative that teachers understand the problems these students may have in this area and also know how to combat them. Teachers have the ability, and some would say responsibility, to help ensure that these students can be successful readers and writers in school, at home, and in their communities, as they grow older. In this thesis I will describe some of the obstacles that students living in poverty might face as well as how teachers can equip these students with the skills to overcome those obstacles. I will particularly focus on the obstacles and skills that are related to literacy development. I hope that current and future teachers will be able to use this thesis to gain a deeper understanding of what students living in poverty may have to deal with as well as gain resources with which to help these students be successful. Many of the teaching suggestions would support not just impoverished students but many children in the classroom. Teachers have to learn how to accommodate for many types of learners in their classroom, and I hope that the information and resources in this paper help them to do so.
dc.description.sponsorship Honors College
dc.subject.lcsh Education, Elementary
dc.title How teachers can understand and combat the effects of poverty on literacy development en_US
dc.type Undergraduate senior honors thesis. Thesis (B.?.)

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    Honors theses submitted to the Honors College by Ball State University undergraduate students in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

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