How Does Low Socioeconomic Status Affect the Development and Academic Performance of Children?

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Question: How Does Low Socioeconomic Status Affect the Development and Academic Performance of Children? Introduction Throughout my classes at DePaul’s College of Education, I have wondered how and why socioeconomic factors have such a profound effect on children's school readiness, development, and future of learning. With the addition of clinical experiences in various schools and grades, a passion and focus area of mine has been multicultural perspectives, often volunteering at schools where students and their families live below the poverty line. I have personally witnessed that the lack of family income makes it difficult or impossible for children to learn and develop at the same capacity as their higher socioeconomic counterparts. It is under these conditions that roadblocks can occur, making academic performance difficult for at-risk students. My direct interest in this topic stems from personal relationships I have made with students, parents, and other teachers at observation sites. While working at a Head Start program in Chicago, a group of teachers and volunteers were responsible for supplying at-risk, mostly minority students with the wealth of knowledge they need for a smooth transition into the primary grades. Through these personal relationships, I gained knowledge; however, I also left with many unanswered questions. Through this literature review and research proposal, I will seek to answer these questions on low socioeconomic
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