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1st Edition

Exemplary Teachers of Students in Poverty

ISBN 9780415531573
Published February 7, 2013 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

1: A Fair Go in Education  2: Student Engagement: The Research Methodology and the Theory  3: Teaching in Low Socio-economic Status Communities  4: Learning and Behaviour  5: Introducing Four of the Teachers  6: Teacher Backgrounds  7: Professional Qualities of the Teachers  8: What Exemplary Teachers do  9: Literacies in Challenging Contexts  10: Imagination, Creativity and Intellectual Quality  11: Engaging Teaching Practices with Technology in Low SES Schools  12. Culturally Responsive Pedagogical Practices  13: Exploring Place and Sharing Control  14: Student Voice(s)  15: A New Monday Morning and Beyond

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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.


'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