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Exemplary Teachers of Students in Poverty

1st Edition

Edited by Geoff Munns, Wayne Sawyer, Bronwyn Cole


208 pages

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pub: 2013-01-04
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Education and poverty exist in a highly contested relationship even in the developed world. On the one hand, educational outcomes seem solidly attached to socio-economic status, and on the other, education is often cited as a way out of poverty. Success at de-coupling poverty from educational outcomes varies across the developed world. The issues connecting education and poverty are complex, but the question of the successful engagement of students from poor backgrounds involves a complex mix of public policy on poverty, public policy on education, and teacher action. This book focuses on a number of exemplary teachers who demonstrate a set of common pedagogical qualities, assisting them to work productively with persistent classroom challenges in low SES classrooms.

Exemplary Teachers of Students in Poverty shares successful classroom practice from schools serving diverse and disadvantaged communities, and stresses that opportunities in school can influence educational engagement and encourage students to achieve. The text locates itself in international debates about education and poverty, and reports on the Teachers for a Fair Go project - an Australian research project into the work of a number of teachers who were successful at engaging students from poor backgrounds.

Included in the book:

  • teaching in low SES communities
  • what exemplary teachers of students in low SES communities do
  • specific pedagogical approaches in literacy, ICT, creativity and culturally responsive practices
  • students’ voices
  • professional qualities of these teachers

Exemplary Teachers of Students in Poverty will greatly benefit researchers, teacher educators and trainee teachers, allowing them to gain a much deeper understanding of the issues, constraints and perspectives in teaching contexts across low SES communities.


'In every sense the book represents the ways in which schooling can be conducted as an enlightened enterprise that is mutually transformative for teachers and students alike.' - Susan Groundwater-Smith, Honorary Professor of Education, University of Sydney, Australia

Table of Contents

Foreword Professor Bob Lingard 1: A Fair Go in Education Joanne Orlando and Wayne Sawyer 2: Student Engagement: The Research Methodology and the Theory Geoff Munns and Wayne Sawyer 3: Teaching in Low Socio-economic Status Communities Geoff Munns, Caroline Hatton and Shirley Gilbert 4: Learning and Behaviour Geoff Munns 5: Introducing Four of the Teachers Geoff Munns, Margery Hertzberg, Mary Mooney and Katina Zammit 6: Teacher Backgrounds Anne Power, Les Vozzo and Leonie Pares 7: Professional Qualities of the Teachers Leonie Pares, Les Vozzo and Anne Power 8: What Exemplary Teachers do Wayne Sawyer, Jon Callow, Geoff Munns and Katina Zammit 9: Literacies in Challenging Contexts Katina Zammit and Jon Callow 10: Imagination, Creativity and Intellectual Quality Bronwyn Cole, Mary Mooney and Anne Power 11: Engaging Teaching Practices with Technology in Low SES Schools Joanne Orlando 12. Culturally Responsive Pedagogical Practices Leonie Arthur and Margery Hertzberg 13: Exploring Place and Sharing Control Leonie Arthur, Leonie Pares and Les Vozzo 14: Student Voice(s) Bronwyn Cole, Mary Mooney and Phil Nanlohy 15: A New Monday Morning and Beyond Fair Go Team

About the Editors

Geoff Munns is a researcher at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, and leader of the Fair Go Program, actively working to make schools and classrooms more productive for students in poverty.

Wayne Sawyer is Director of Research in the School of Education at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, and a member of the Centre for Educational Research.

Bronwyn Cole is an Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor in Education at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, and a founding member of the Fair Go Program.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Special Education / General
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Inclusive Education