Capstone/Dissertation Title

Poverty and learning: a comparative study

Term

2006

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

All students learn differently. Teachers and researchers are continuously teaching and learning new ways to teach subjects in many ways. In addition to learning differently, there are factors that may affect how much a student can learn. This capstone will explore the relationship between poverty and learning from both a research perspective and from the perspective of a teacher and her students. The participants in the research contributed to two focus groups. Participants included seven St. Paul students who were underachieving in school based on test scores and who were in poverty based on free and reduced lunch guidelines. The research and the focus groups found connections between poverty and learning. Students and their families had many barriers to achievement in their lives.

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