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Leadership and Higher Education


Doctor of Education (Ed.D)

Dissertation Chair

Solomon, Margaret

Committee Members

Carol A. Franklin, Ed.D.

Philip S. Mirci, Ph.D.


education, perceptions of trainers concerning children of poverty arising from providing professional development, poverty, professional development, trainers


Educational Leadership


The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore through in-depth analysis of interviews of perceptual change and what trainers of A Framework for Understanding Poverty to educators have learned about themselves, about poverty in the United States, about children of poverty, and about those who work with students of poverty.

A qualitative methodology was used to examine the meaning of change through in-depth interviews of trainers who conducted this training. Data was collected through in-depth interviews and was coded and analyzed to identify themes and patterns of perceptual change among the certified trainers in the study. The following centralized question guided my study: What are the perceptions of the trainers of A Framework for Understanding Poverty regarding children of poverty and the changes in attitudes, beliefs and expectations they experienced in learning the components of the training and in doing the training of other educators?

Data analysis revealed that as a result of completing the training themselves and then preparing for and conducting the training themselves, the trainers came to the realization of the extent that their previous lack of training impeded their effectiveness in working with students of poverty. After being exposed to this training, they modified their teaching styles for students of poverty. If given the time, resources, and trained teachers who have the tools and strategies, all students of poverty could have the ability to succeed.

Further research is recommended to study the perceptual change in parents, teachers, and administrators of students of poverty trained in Payne’s A Framework for Understanding Poverty and may yield valuable insights into this perceptual change.


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ISBN: 9781124057743