ERIC Number: ED372295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Effective Practices in Community Based Family Literacy: Results of a National Research and Evaluation Project.
Association for Community Based Education, Washington, DC.
A field evaluation of 14 community-based family and intergenerational literacy programs identified the most effective strategies, structures, and approaches to reach and teach the "hardest to reach." Information was collected through 90-minute telephone surveys with program coordinators and/or executive directors. Although different in structural design, the programs had similar philosophies and approaches in improving family and intergenerational literacy. Literacy skills development had the following characteristics: it addressed learners' needs, issues, and interests; it focused on practical application; it was participatory; and it supported parents in assuming and enhancing their roles as children's "first teachers." Life skills and/or parenting education were a critical component of each program. All programs provided supportive services, a nonthreatening learning environment, broad-based and learner-centered literacy education, traditional and innovative nontraditional instructional approaches, and traditional and nontraditional assessment methods. An outcome of the project was recommendations for program improvement in three major areas--education and service delivery, staffing, and overall administration--and for research, policy, and staff development. (The 25-page report is followed by these appendixes: survey; field research protocol, interview process, and interview questions; program case studies and profiles; and sample program documents. Contains 13 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Community Education, Community Programs, Demonstration Programs, Educational Assessment, Educational Research, Family Literacy, Intergenerational Programs, Literacy Education, Outcomes of Education, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parent Influence, Parent Role, Parents as Teachers, Prereading Experience, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association for Community Based Education, Washington, DC.