Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance

Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance

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This is an eye-opening portrait of two communities in Philadelphia with drastically different economic resources. Over the course of their 10-year investigation, the authors came to understand that this disparity between affluence and poverty has created a knowlege gap, far more important than mere achievement scores, with serious implications for students' economic prosperity and social mobility. At the heart of this knowledge gap is the limited ability of students from poor communities to develop information capital. This book provides powerful insights into the role that literacy can play in giving low-income students a fighting chance. Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance : documents how inequalities begin early and are reinforced by geographic concentration; compares community libraries to see how print is used in each neighbourhood and how children develop as young readers; looks at patterns that create radical differences in experiences and attitudes toward learning prior to entering school; explores the function of technology as a tool that exacerbates the divide between affluent students and those with limited access to information; and provides a comprehensive analysis of community literacy, documenting the transformation of media habits from books to computers.These researchers worked with high- and low-knowledge 7th graders. Students were given a baseball text passage and asked to reenact the action described in the story, summarize the text, and sort sentences from the passage in terms ofanbsp;...

Title:Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance
Author:Susan B. Neuman, Donna Celano
Publisher:Teachers College Press - 2012


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