Kidwatching in Josie's World: A Study of Children in Homelessness
By: Neva Ann Medcalf (author)Paperback
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Over twenty years of work and research with homeless children comes together in a scholarly work that puts a real face on the issue of homelessness, especially for children. Most people do not realize that children are among the thousands that are homeless and are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. The public tends to think about the 'bum' on the corner with the cardboard sign or those sleeping under the bridges who accost them for a handout. They do not realize that homelessness has an enormous and negative impact on growth, development, and learning for children. This is an issue that affects schools, communities, and society-at-large. Through qualitative observations in a one-room classroom in a homeless shelter and in classrooms of an elementary school located in a subsidized housing project, the development and use of language among homeless children, classroom interactions between students and teachers, and information regarding the effects of homelessness on children are closely examined. This book re-educates teachers, educators, and the general public, in order to spur a new, more accurate mindset about the reality and consequences of homelessness.
The work's larger purpose is to bring about compassionate implementation of the solutions necessary to eradicate this problem.
Neva Ann Medcalf, Ed.D., is Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Master of Arts in Reading program at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate students, supervises student teachers and interns, does extensive field experience in area schools, and provides professional development workshops for both public and private school teachers. She is the author of numerous articles regarding the language development of children, the testing of young children, and the uses of technology in training future teachers. Her charitable work is directed toward helping underprivileged and homeless children.
Part 1 List of Figures and Tables Part 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Josie, Me, and Kidwatching Research Chapter 4 Homelessness and the Shelter Chapter 5 Josie, Her Siblings, and Other Children Chapter 6 Needs, Good Intentions, and Realities Chapter 7 Language Development in Daily Interactions Chapter 8 Playing with Language Chapter 9 Classrooms in the Projects Chapter 10 Student/Teacher Interactions Chapter 11 Dreams and Reality Chapter 12 Josie's Future: Where We Go From Here Part 13 Resources Part 14 Bibliography Part 15 Index Part 16 About the Author
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