ERIC Number: ED361660
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Literacy and Illiteracy in the Family System.
Bryant, Lizbeth A.
Scholars from various disciplines who examine the role an individual plays in the family as a major influence on his/her literacy are currently considering a factor often overlooked by researchers. Mikhail Bakhtin, Basil Bernstein, David Bleich and others find a cause-and-effect relationship between literacy and family systems. This suggests the need to examine more completely the structure and dynamics of the family system. In l983 Robert Beavers developed a continuum along which he could measure a family's effectiveness--with the optimal family operating as an open system fostering communication and literacy and the dysfunctional family (where relationships are guarded, painful, and hostile) discouraging or even punishing communication. Assuming that more than half of the families in the United States foster environments that create dysfunctional children, it follows that these children will have difficulty using language to communicate thoughts and feelings. (A 15-item selected bibliography on family, socioeconomic class, and literacy is attached.) (NH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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