ERIC Number: ED357195
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Development and Evaluation of a Model Family Literacy Program. Revised.
Van Horn, Barbara; And Others
The Family Learning Project, a family literacy program, focused on providing Centre County, Pennsylvania, families with basic skills instruction within the context of family learning. Parents, working with specially trained family literacy tutors, received basic skills instruction tailored to their individual and family needs. Using the functional context approach to instruction, basic skills were taught within the context of family literacy and parenting activities. Project activities encouraged parents to take a proactive role in their children's education and encouraged them to explore cultural differences. The project successfully recruited and trained 23 family literacy tutors; 14 families were recruited and placed with volunteer tutors. Results of the Bader Reading and Language Inventory administered to participating parents were encouraging. Interviews indicated that all participants improved family literacy behaviors in at least one area. Tutors found their experiences rewarding, positive, and worthwhile and felt their assigned parent benefited from the program. Recommendations regarding replication suggested programs consider these issues: characteristics of target population, staff development and support, and interagency collaboration. (Appendixes include a curriculum outline/objectives list, a list of tutor training objectives and agenda, two sample student profiles, an interview schedule, and evaluation forms. (Contains 25 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Family Involvement, Family Literacy, Literacy Education, Models, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Parenting Skills, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Tutoring, Tutors, Volunteer Training
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Inst. for the Study of Adult Literacy.