ERIC Number: ED373335
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Family Literacy Project: Using Children's Literature to Enhance the Literacy of Adolescent Parents.
Johnson, Helen L.; And Others
The Family Literacy Project seeks to improve the prospects for adolescent parents and their children by working with student parents while they are still enrolled in school, supporting their efforts toward completion of their high school diplomas through literacy activities which enhance their skill as parents. The Family Literacy Project represents an action research model: it addresses substantive research issues about the development of literacy and parenting skills of adolescent parents. The project was implemented at five New York City high schools in 1991-92, and two additional high schools and a residential center for homeless women and children were added for 1992-93. The project: (1) sponsors a credit-bearing course, "Children's Literature," which is offered each semester at participating high schools; (2) establishes a permanent collection of children's literature at each participating school; and (3) offers staff development each summer and throughout the school year. Participants have shown improved attitudes toward reading, enhanced writing fluency, increased awareness of children's changing developmental needs, and clear preferences for certain specific books as well as certain types of books. Overall response to staff development has been positive. (A course outline; a 12-item annotated bibliography of works on folklore, the folktale, and performance; an issue of the project's newsletter; a 21-item list of selected readings on family; and a 15-item list of selected readings on fairy and folk tales are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New York City Board of Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (83rd, Pittsburgh, PA, November 17-22, 1993).