ERIC Number: ED380230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Project SELF HELP: A Family Focus on Literacy. Report No. 13.
Connors, Lori J.
This report describes an evaluation of Project SELF HELP, a school-based family literacy program serving parents and other caretakers, elementary school age children, and preschool children 2 days per week during the school year. A summer reading program was also available to families. The evaluation was conducted in 1992-1993 to inform program design and implementation, and to study the effects of the program on individuals and families. Parent literacy was assessed using tests of basic skills in math, reading, and spelling, and functional literacy in reading/life skills and math. The adults also completed assessments of their home educational environment and beliefs about their parenting role. Preschool children were assessed for reading readiness, comprehension, receptive vocabulary and letter recognition. Grades, attendance, teacher materials, and observations of program components were also used in the evaluation. Results indicated gains in mean scores on all measures of literacy and math for adults in the program. The preschool children, on average, made gains on all literacy assessments from fall to spring. Report card grades improved in reading, language, and math. For elementary school children attending the summer reading program, reading scores improved from spring to the end of summer. Final sections of the report include: (1) three case studies and issues they raise for family literacy practitioners, researchers, and policymakers; (2) lessons learned from the perspective of the program coordinator; and (3) the questions that remain from the researcher's perspective. Contains 26 references. (HTH)
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Adult Reading Programs, Adults, Basic Skills, Beginning Reading, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Emergent Literacy, Family Literacy, Family (Sociological Unit), Literacy Education, Parents, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Evaluation, Reading Improvement, Summer Programs
Dissemination Office, Center on Families, Communities, Schools and Children's Learning, The Johns Hopkins University, 3505 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center on Families, Communities, Schools, and Children's Learning.; Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD.