ERIC Number: ED332158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Talking to Literacy Learners: A Parent Education Project.
Cairney, Trevor H.; Munsie, Lynne
The project described in this paper, called Talking to Literacy Learners or TTALL, was designed to improve the quality of parent child interaction involving reading and writing, to promote gains in literacy standards, and to engender a more positive attitude toward schooling. Designed for an urban community in New South Wales where adult and youth illiteracy are above national standards, the project differs from most other parent involvement programs in that its focus is on the adult rather than the child. The project was designed to be completed in 5 distinct stages over a period of 18 months. The stages were as follows: (1) training 25 parents to interact more effectively with their children; (2) deploying those parents as tutors in the school and the community; (3) preparing resource kits, leaflets, and aids to promote literacy; (4) providing advanced training for parent-tutors; and (5) training of selected parents from the parent-tutor group to assume coordinating roles for separate community clusters attempting to introduce the program. Although the program has completed only the first stage, it appears to have been highly successful: 24 of the 25 participants completed stage 1, and 18 of the 24 returned for the second stage. (One figure representing the educational cycle used in the program and 6 tables of data are included; 35 references and an outline of the content of the first stage are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia (New South Wales)
Note: Paper presented at the International Convention on Language and Literacy (Norwich, England, April 6-10, 1991).