• A Framework for Understanding Poverty

  • A Cognitive Approach (Sixth Edition)
  • By: Ruby K. Payne PhD
  • Narrated by: Ruby K. Payne
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (91 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New chapters on the brain, intersectionality, and parents. Simple, proven strategies that schools can start using today. With a view through an economic lens that has only become sharper and more focused since its initial publication in 1995, the premise owned by A Framework for Understanding Poverty is unchanged: Middle-class understandings of children and adults in poverty are often ill-suited for connecting with people in poverty and helping them build up the resources to rise out of poverty and into self-sufficiency.

Nearly 25 years and 1.8 million copies later, innumerable individuals and groups have used this book to create a groundswell of responses to the challenge of poverty. Educators, social service and healthcare workers, law enforcement and the judiciary, communities, employers, and individuals from all walks of life are engaged in supporting children and adults to build resources, patterns of learning, and behaviors that will help them exit poverty.

Expanded edition includes:

  • Best practices teachers can use immediately to improve outcomes
  • Deep dives into the mindsets of generational poverty, middle class, and wealth
  • New case studies, exhaustive references, and an evolving understanding of poverty's intersections with race, health, immigration, and more.
©2018 aha! Process, Inc. (P)2019 aha! Process, Inc.

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Understanding your Community.

Excellent information. Relevant to anyone teacbing in underprivileged communities. A must for those who teach.

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Perspective Shift

As a Special Education Teacher, and church and community leader, I truly have been given a resource tool to help me understand the dynamics and complexities associated, not only with generational and situational poverty, but with how emotional poverty or limited emotional resources affect children, parents, marriages, individuals, teachers, and all humanity -- in some kind or type of poverty framework. This book is added to my resource library as a "go to" for a better mental, emotional, and behavioral understanding of children and adults (including my own self-care), who function in some framework of poverty. How I can implement new strategies and approaches, to serve others more effectively is my goal. AWESOME book🥰

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Excellent resource

This is an excellent resource for teachers that should be required reading for all new teachers, not just those who teach children in poverty.

My only hesitation is that the narration of the audiobook is not enjoyable to listen to. Despite this, the information is certainly worth everyone’s time and the Audible credit.

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not bad

helpful for it's started purpose. the author reading the text makes sure you know exactly what is intended

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Not a good book to listen to

The information in this book was thorough, informative and extremely well researched. The author should not be the reader, however. She was extremely hard to listen to, brash and aggressive. This is more of a text book with constant references to charts and appendices. Not an affective Audible read. This one should be bought in print and read with a highlighter. Wish I’d done that.

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I gave away this book.

The audio is a refresher for me while multitasking. Plus I wanted an updated version for my profession that I can review many times over.
I recommend the book for data graphics. The author's voice is fast pace and lecture like. Taking notes would be difficult.
With a paper book, you could highlight and mark the margins and surveys.

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I Love the whole book. I will listen to it again. I recommend the book for all who particularly are serving their community. I gave it the high rating because it uses the holelistic approach. Let get all the community agencies involved in solving problems, including the residents.

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Thought provoking

Made you consider your own life experience, however it seemed to take away agency from the poor and brought up the wage gap myth.