ERIC Number: ED340479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of the Impact of the Kenan Trust Model for Family Literacy.
Seaman, Don; And Others
Literacy programs in the United States have taken either a preventive approach for children or a remediation approach for adults. A new approach, family literacy, involves both parents and children in literacy acquisition. The National Center for Family Literacy provides training and assistance to family literacy programs through a process called the Kenan Trust Model. This publication reports an evaluation of the effectiveness of family literacy programs in Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Data on parents were collected by interview, and teacher reports and test scores provided data on children's academic achievement. Results of the parent questionnaire indicated that as a result of the programs, parents developed a positive self-concept, helped their children with homework, attended school functions, better understood teachers' problems, and read to their children. Some parents were preparing for further education. Teacher reports and children's test scores indicated that those children who would have entered elementary school up to two grade levels below average were ranked in the top half of their class. Teachers reported that about 90 percent of family literacy program students were doing at least as well as other students in regard to attendance, academic performance, peer relations, and motivation to learn. Nine references are cited. (Author/BC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, At Risk Persons, Compensatory Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Students, Family Literacy, Family Programs, Family School Relationship, Grade 1, Grade 2, Kindergarten Children, Parent Child Relationship, Parents, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Family Literacy, Louisville, KY.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana; Kentucky; West Virginia