Poverty and Educational Attainment Term Paper by Nicky

Poverty and Educational Attainment
An exploration of the effects of poverty on the educational attainment of children from low socioeconomic families and the role of the community, church and local health care providers in positively impacting these children.
# 149524 | 1,832 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 21, 2011 in Education (Social Issues) , Child, Youth Issues (General) , Sociology (Poverty)

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The paper looks at various studies on poverty and educational attainment gaps and on the major causes behind poverty and welfare dependency. The paper examines the significant role of the community and church in mitigating the negative effects of family poverty and discusses how members of the community, church and local health care providers can work to reduce teen pregnancies and children born out-of-wedlock and can ensure that children receive the medical treatment needed to reduce diseases and conditions that affect their cognitive function. The writer of this paper suggests that the church, community and local health care providers should seek grant funding to support these efforts.

Previous Studies on Poverty and Educational Attainment Gaps
Factors Identified as Causative
The Church and Community
Canada Reports Unique Opportunity of Pediatricians and Family Doctors
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"The work of Danziger and Haveman entitled: "Understanding Poverty" states that childbearing by teens, children born out-of-wedlock and single parents are known to be "major causes of poverty and welfare dependency for women and their children." (2002, p142) However, there are other claims that it is not the deviant family structures but lack of resources that result in educational disadvantages of children from poverty level homes. According to Danziger and Haveman if it is not childhood poverty but instead disadvantages of parents that are "associated with or cause parental poverty and lead to negative associations between childhood poverty and childhood outcomes, then the policy solution is less obvious..." and a need exists to make identification of precisely what disadvantages of parents are causative in educational disadvantages to the children of poverty. Findings in this are show the following: (1) poor children average 1.4 fewer years of schooling than do nonpoor children, and they are three times as likely to have dropped out of high school; (2) poor girls are more than twice as likely to have had a teen birth and they are 2.6 times more likely to have had an out-of-wedlock birth than are nonpoor girls; and (3) poor boys work fewer hours per year, have lower hourly wages, have lower annual earnings and spend more weeks idle in their midtwenties than do nonpoor boys. (2002, p.159)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bladen, Jo, and McNally, Sally (2006) Mind the Gap: Child Poverty and Educational Attainment. Poverty 123, Winter 2006.
  • Chaikind, Stephen (1985) The Effects of Short-Term and Long-Term Poverty on Educational Attainment of Children. ERIC Digest. ED296017.
  • Danziger, Sheldon, and Haveman, Robert H. (2002) Understanding Poverty. Harvard University Press 2002.
  • Ferguson, HB, Bovaird, S. and Mueller, MP (2007) The Impact of Poverty on Educational Outcomes for Children. Paediatr Child Health 2007. October, 12(8):701-706.
  • McLanahan, S., I. Garfinkel, et al. (2001). Fragile Families, Welfare Reform, and Marriage. Washington DC, Welfare Reform & Beyond: 1-8.

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