Poverty In Education

Listed below are the different types of poverty that exist and also definitions that are important to understanding poverty.

GENERATIONAL POVERTY:  Living in poverty for two or more generations

SITUATIONAL POVERTY:  Substantially shorter, situational poverty results from circumstances such as death, illness, and divorce.  It is not uncommon for individuals living in situational poverty to still identify with middle class individuals

WORKING DEFINITION OF POVERTY:  "The extent to which an individual does without resources".  And those resources are:

FINANCIAL - Having the money to purchase goods and services.

EMOTIONAL - Being able to choose and control emotional responses, particularly to negative situations, without engaging in self-destructive behavior. 

MENTAL - Having the appropriate cognitive abilities and necessary skills (i.e. reading, writing, math) to proceed with daily life.

SPIRITUAL - Believing in divine purpose and guidance.

PHYSICAL - Being physically healthy.

SUPPORT SYSTEMS - Having people readily available in times of need, such as friends, family, acquaintances, etc.

WORKING WITH ADOLESCENTS FROM POVERTY - Identifying and understanding the "silent" ways of life of a group.

(Payne, Ruby, (2001). Framework for Understanding Poverty. Aha! Process Inc. Highlands, TX). 

Lesson Plans

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Literacy in Poverty

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