Education and Poverty
What are the effects of recent public policies for reducing educational inequalities? How do privatization and other market-based education measures influence schooling in poverty contexts and teacher training programs? In what ways, and to what extent, can these programs take responsibility for improving low-income students’ learning? How do ethnic and cultural differences relate to socioeconomic differences at school?
This collection of essays serves to improve the reader’s understanding of the complex relations between education and poverty. While it does this mainly by delving into problems and challenges of the Chilean educational system, they are also currently of international concern. The chapters, authored by leading scholars in Chile and worldwide, present theoretical reflections on, and reports of, contemporary educational research on such issues as social equality, schooling in low socioeconomic sectors, and teacher education, among others.
The book will be particularly helpful for scholars from different disciplines who work in education as well as for teacher educators, schoolteachers, and policy makers. More generally, it will be also of interest to anyone who wants to form justified, well-informed beliefs on the ways in which various educational and socioeconomic institutions and processes could, and do, affect each other.
Dr Alfredo Gaete is Academic Director at the Campus Villarrica of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where he teaches philosophy, educational theory, and psychology. He has conducted research and published in several areas of the social sciences and humanities, including education, epistemology, theoretical psychology, and the philosophy of mind. More recently, his research interests have centered on inclusive education, teacher education in contexts of poverty, and the school as a political and epistemological project.
Dr Viviana Gómez is an Associate Professor at the Campus Villarrica of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where she teaches psychology, learning theories, and teaching. She has been conducting research on education and poverty for more than 15 years. More recently, her research interests have focused on teacher education and teacher beliefs about knowledge, learning, teaching, and poverty. She has published extensively in these fields, and has influenced the work of many educational researchers.
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