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Children researching links between poverty and literacy

Joseph Rowntree
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  • Economics
  • Education
  • Political Science


Two groups of six children (aged eleven) in two UK primary schools – one in an area of socio-economic advantage and one in an area of socio-economic disadvantage – were trained in research methods. They were supported to undertake their own research projects about aspects of literacy, which they identifi ed themselves. Areas explored include: homework experiences learning environments and how confi dence affects literacy. These research studies provide rich descriptions of children’s own literacy experiences, generating data that is not easily accessible to adults. The absence of power relations in the data collection by having child researchers means thatthe responses are untainted by efforts to ‘please the adult’. This report will be of interest to teachers, educationalists, government bodies, policy makers

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