Overcoming backgrounds : an in-depth analysis of the effects of socioeconomic class and ethnicity on elementary students

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dc.contributor.advisor Kreamelmeyer, Kathleen
dc.contributor.author Stevens, Holly Marie
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-08T17:13:22Z
dc.date.available 2013-08-08T17:13:22Z
dc.date.created 2013-05
dc.date.issued 2013-05
dc.identifier.other A-348
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/197553
dc.description.abstract Diversity presents itself in several different formats in today's society. People may differ from one another in terms of their age, religion, gender, and much more. One's diverse background serves to shape his or her life experiences. Whether conscious of it or not, everyone is influenced by their backgrounds. Children are not exempt from this fact. Even on the very first day of kindergarten, students may be on disparate playing fields due to their upbringing. While one student may already possess basic literacy and numeracy skills, another may be lacking significant linguistic knowledge. Socioeconomic class and ethnicity, two factors under the umbrella term of diversity, have been proven to affect an elementary student's educational attainment more than all other components of a child's home life. The underlying reasons responsible for this correlation are numerous. Children's sentiments towards schooling and their academic potential are threatened if they grew up and developed in an adverse environment. However, all hope is not lost. Certain instructional strategies, if employed in the classroom, have served to foster resilience amongst at-risk youth. School districts, such as the Aldine Independent School District located in Houston, Texas, have begun to utilize these successful methods, and affected students have greatly blossomed in the classroom. Although socioeconomic class and ethnicity can negatively impact a child's educational development, the challenge can be overcome.
dc.description.sponsorship Honors College
dc.subject.lcsh Education, Elementary.
dc.title Overcoming backgrounds : an in-depth analysis of the effects of socioeconomic class and ethnicity on elementary students en_US
dc.type Undergraduate senior honors thesis.
dc.description.degree Thesis (B.?.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1709453


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