ERIC Number: ED348474
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
Where Are the Fathers in Family Literacy? Final Report. Project #98-1032.
Martin, Beverly A.
A project was conducted for the following purposes: (1) to determine reading methods and practices specific to the father's role in family literacy through research in the field of reading; (2) to develop a curriculum incorporating this research; (3) to implement this curriculum with two groups of educationally disadvantaged fathers; and (4) to compile and print a student workbook and teacher's guide to distribute in Pennsylvania. A literature review pointed to the influence of families in the school success of their children, especially through early reading, language, and drawing activities. Most of the literature documented mother-child relationships, but a few studies showed higher reading achievement by boys whose fathers read to them. A curriculum focusing on literacy classes for young fathers and their children was developed and piloted in a class of nine teen fathers and a class of older fathers in a correctional institution. The program was successful in both cases, but achieved better results with the older men. However, no children were able to participate in either group. Replication of the program is planned for future classes with both fathers and children. (Contains 34 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Curriculum Development, Early Childhood Education, Early Parenthood, Educational Resources, Educationally Disadvantaged, Ethnic Groups, Family Literacy, Fathers, Learning Activities, Literacy Education, Minority Groups, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Influence, Parent Role, Prisoners, Reading Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Div. of Adult Basic and Literacy Education Programs.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northampton Community Coll., Bethlehem, PA. Adult Literacy Div.