School of Education
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
Poverty, Education, Educators’ Perspective
Ghent, Elizabeth Leigh Rogers, "Poverty and Education: An Educator's Perspective" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2379.
This study was developed to increase awareness on educators’ perspectives at a Title I middle school in Lancaster, SC. The purpose was to determine which educational barriers, according to the teachers’ perspectives, have the highest impact on students. Using the survey results, it was determined which school initiatives play the largest role in mitigating the educational barriers. Data was collected through an anonymous online survey distributed in February of 2020. The results indicated which poverty related educational barriers were noteworthy. Having an effective meal program was determined to be the most effective way to combat poverty. Clubs, sports, and parental involvement were also ranked high was ways to combat poverty. Students in high poverty (Title I) schools need to have extra supports and initiatives in place to help students succeed.