ERIC Number: ED361645
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Parents Sharing Books (PSB). Technical Report.
Smith, Carl B.; Simic, Marjorie R.
Noting that family involvement in education is important, this report describes and evaluates the Parents Sharing Books (PSB) program which was designed to encourage parents to become involved with their middle-school children's education. The report notes that the program was implemented over a 2.5 year period and had the following goals: increase family literacy (the reading of books and the positive interaction between parents and middle school children through books); encourage parents and children to communicate better; and provide effective instruction to leader teams who would then provide similar instruction to parents in their local communities. The first section of the report discusses project development; product development; and training, support, and reaching-out. The second section of the report provides a profile of PSB participants. The third section discusses evaluating PSB and provides case reports. The fourth section of the report discusses limitations of the evaluation of PSB, and presents conclusions and recommendations. Numerous appendixes are attached. They include a list of PSB sites; pre- and post- parent and student surveys; a consent form; letters to participants and leaders; stories of teamwork and support of PSB leaders; stories of the adaptability of PSB; a discussion of the attitudes and perspectives that influenced PSB success; and stories of how PSB helped parents find time, how it informed parents about adolescents, and how it enhanced parent/child relationships and family communication. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Family Literacy Center.