The relationship of child poverty to school education

McKinney, S. (2014) The relationship of child poverty to school education. Improving Schools, 17(3), pp. 203-216. (doi:10.1177/1365480214553742)

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Abstract

Child poverty is a global issue that affects around half the children in the world; it is inextricably bound to the poverty experienced by their parents and families and has been identified by the United Nations as a human rights issue. Child poverty can be a barrier to children and young people accessing school education or achieving any form of success through participating in school education. This article examines some of the main issues surrounding child poverty and school education and a number of government interventions designed to enhance the education of disadvantaged children (exemplified in the United Kingdom). The article will argue that some of these interventions have had some success, although they need to be contextualized in the wider educational and political context. The article offers an alternative vision of intervention in schools drawn from research from the United Kingdom, America and Australia.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McKinney, Professor Stephen
Authors: McKinney, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Creativity Culture and Faith
Journal Name:Improving Schools
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:1365-4802
ISSN (Online):1475-7583

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