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Homlessness and Education In the two studies I reviewed both pertained to school aged homeless children Both studies were conducted to determine the need for a better education for these children The first study I reviewed was called Sheltered homeless children Their eligibility and unmet need for special education evaluations This study focused on the exploration of unmet need of special education evaluations for homeless children in Los Angeles California The second of my studies was called Cognitive and academic functioning of homeless children compared to housed children The analyzation focused on the effects of being homeless to a childs cognitive and academic functioning Both of the above studies brought about the same basic issue of homeless children having the right to a better education In both studies it was determined that homeless children when tested perform rather poorly in the area of academics In the first study Sheltered Homeless Children Their Eligibility and Unmet Need for Special Education evaluations homeless shelters were selected randomly and from these families were selected that consisted of one child aged 6 to 12 years Testing was performed in a quiet place There were 118 parents and 169 children involved in the study The parents were asked questions pertaining to the how and why of homelessness The homeless children were tested with questions from the RAND Course of Homelessness Study 39 a Behavior Checklist the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test the National Health Service and the Woodcock-Johnson Language Proficiency Battery Assessment Test The Peabody Vocabulary picture test was also used in the second study In the second study Cognitive and Academic Functioning of Homeless Children compared with Housed Children the homeless children and their mothers selected for the study were from the Bronx in NY There were 102 homeless children in the study They were between the ages of 6-11 around the same age group as the first study they were sought out of public schools The
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