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Growing Up Poor: The Multifaceted Reach of Poverty Into Youth’s Lives & Schooling in Rural NW China

Global Education Colloquium

Jennifer Adams, Drexel University

Children from resource-constrained households and communities have gained increasing access to schooling. However, their educational experiences and outcomes remain conditioned by multiple dimensions of poverty. Dr. Jennifer Adams, professor in the School of Education's Ed.D. program, explores the experience of growing up poor as well as the impact of daily poverty on the decisions and behaviors of parents, children, and teachers in her presentation, "Growing Up Poor: The Multifaceted Reach of Poverty Into Youth's Lives & Schooling in Rural Northwest China."

About The Speaker

Jennifer Adams is an associate clinical professor at Drexel University’s School of Education.  Dr. Adams’ research, building on longstanding interests in education, social inequality, and Chinese society, investigates the effects of poverty, social change and educational policy on the educational experiences and general well-being of children and adolescents in the developing world.

Her most recent papers investigate the educational experiences of the children of migrant workers in China, rural boarding schools, and rural teachers. Dr. Adams spent more than a decade living in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong as a university student, primary school teacher, and school director.  She is currently a co-principal investigator on the Gansu Survey of Children and Families, a longitudinal study of 2000 rural children in northwestern China and a consultant for Teach for China. She teaches graduate courses in international education and development, international educational policymaking, educational evaluation, and quantitative research methods.

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