Literacy, poverty and schooling : what matters in young people's education?

Comber, Barbara (2014) Literacy, poverty and schooling : what matters in young people's education? Literacy, 48(3), pp. 115-123.

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This paper draws upon several decades of literacy research in schools in high poverty environments to explore what matters in young people’s education. In dialogue with themes from Kevin Marjoribanks’ work, such as student aspirations, family environments, and teacher expectations, key insights are summarised. Referring to longitudinal case studies and a current ethnographic project, the interplay between literacy, poverty and schooling, and, young people’s aspirations and education outcomes is explored. While the work of educators in high poverty communities continues to be highly demanding, there are some schools and teachers making a durable positive difference to learner dispositions and literate repertoires. Teacher expectations and discursive practices are crucial in this process.

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ID Code: 74884
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Poverty, Literacy education, Student aspirations, Diverse communities, Teacher expectations
DOI: 10.1111/lit.12041
ISSN: 1741-4369
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Education Systems not elsewhere classified (130199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Deposited On: 12 Aug 2014 03:21
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2015 07:14

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