ERIC Number: ED351108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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Translations and Transformations: From Training to Implementation.
Teachers from eight East Harlem (New York) day care centers were trained in a program called Literacy Through Love, that was designed to prepare day care center teachers to initiate family reading workshops at their centers. The five-session training program focused on stories, folktales, nonfiction, wordless picture books, and poetry. Each session dealt with a different kind of book, a different reading strategy, and a reading from an adult selection. Teachers were asked to "try out" workshop books at home with one child and in their classes with their students. Records were kept about the readings and children's reactions to them, both at home and in class. Participants reported on their at-home reading experiences during the training sessions. The participants felt that they benefitted from learning the reading strategies, discovering new books, and becoming aware of different genres and their value. To investigate how teachers adapted and implemented the training model and materials in their own workshops, observers attended two of the four workshops subsequently offered at each day care site. They found that teachers did an excellent job with introductory activities and reporting on the reading at home, but underplayed the presentation of reading strategies and practice for parents. The workshops led parents and teachers to view each other in new ways. Teachers noted a variety of factors that affected their implementation of the workshops. (AC)
Descriptors: Adult Reading Programs, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Family Programs, Literary Genres, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Participant Satisfaction, Preschool Teachers, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Reading Instruction, Reading Strategies, Teacher Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Literacy Through Love; New York (East Harlem)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).