SAGE Journal Articles

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Article 1: Ciuffetelli Parker, D., & Craig, C. J. (2015). An international inquiry: Stories of poverty-poverty stories. Urban Education, 1-32.

Summary: This article features an international inquiry of two high-poverty urban schools, one Canadian and one American. It examines poverty in terms of “small stories” that educators and students live and tell, often on the edges, unheard and unaccounted for in grand narratives. It also expands the story constellations approach to narrative inquiry by adding a new set of paired stories: stories of poverty–poverty stories.

Questions to consider:

  1. How do the authors talk about their understanding of poverty in this work?
  2. What is your understanding of poverty and how does it impact the narrative of those sharing their stories?
  3. How can you advocate for those who are living in poverty to help empower them where they are?

Article 2: Gonzalez, M. G., Swanson, D. P., Lynch, M., & Williams, G. C. (2014). Testing satisfaction of basic psychological needs as a mediator of the relationship between socioeconomic status and physical and mental health. Journal of Health Psychology, 1-11.

Summary: This research applied self-determination theory to examine the degree to which satisfaction of basic psychological needs for autonomy, relatedness, and competence explained the association between socioeconomic status and physical and mental health outcomes, while controlling for age, exercise, and smoking status.

Questions to consider:

  1. What is self-determination theory?
  2. Why do you think self-determination theory impacts the degree of satisfaction of basic psychological needs?
  3. How can you help someone strengthen their self-determination, thereby balancing the uneven distribution of health across the socioeconomic gradient?