Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance Poverty, Literacy, and the Development of Information Capital

ISBN-10: 0807753580

ISBN-13: 9780807753583

Edition: 2012

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Description: This is a compelling, eye-opening portrait of two communities in Philadelphia with drastically different economic resources. Over the course of their 10-year investigation, the authors of this important new work came to understand that this disparity between affluence and poverty has created a knowledge gap—far more important than mere achievement scores—with serious implications for students' economic prosperity and social mobility. At the heart of this knowledge gap is the limited ability of students from poor communities to develop information capital. This moving book takes you into the communities in question to meet the students and their families, and by doing so provides powerful insights into the role that literacy can play in giving low-income students a fighting chance.

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 10/28/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Michelle Fine is Distinguished Professor of Psychology, CUNY Graduate Center in New York.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Ecology of Inequality
Same City, Different Paths
On the Streets Where They Live
The Paradox of the Level Playing Field
The New Work, The New Play
The More, the More (the Less, the Less)
The New Literacies
Developing Information Capital
Conclusions
Postscript: Breaking Out-Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance
Appendix
References
Index
About the Authors
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