Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) – Search “poverty case study”

ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) – Search “poverty case study” – http://www.eric.ed.gov

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Where can I learn about poverty’s relationships to witch hunts in Ghana?
  • What are some parenting characteristics among impoverished families in China?
  • Where can I find literature related to poverty?
  • What is it like to be a teacher in a high poverty area?


ERIC is a database funded by the US Department of Education and indexes many reports, journal articles and more. You’ll meet ERIC again in my appendix on Multitopic Resources.
For now, I want to highlight the usefulness of ERIC in locating personal stories of poverty. In social science and psychology, an individual story’s is often called a case study. Case studies can also include institutions, but this might be helpful as well. Items in ERIC are often freely available in full text. When this is not the case, use your local library for interlibrary loan.

Using (poverty case study) as a search in ERIC produced 1024 results. Some items that seem potentially useful to writers wanting to depict impoverished families include:

  • Seeking Better Lives by Becoming Teachers in Rural South Georgia (ED 525362)
  • Psychological Stress and Parenting Behavior among Chinese Families: Findings from a Study on Parent Education for Economically Disadvantaged Families (EJ910016)
  • Culturally Relevant Collective Responsibility among Teachers of African-American Students in a High Poverty Elementary School (ED519912)
  • Child Witch Hunts in Contemporary Ghana (EJ942490)
  • Opportunities and Challenges for Mixed Day Secondary School Headteachers in Promoting Girl-Child Education in Kenya: A Case Study of Kisumu Municipality (EJ913604)

You can limit articles by a number of criteria with the checkboxes on the left hand side of your search results.


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