ERIC Number: ED405511
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Families Reading Together: Adult Education Students and Their Preschool Children. [Revised.]
Neuman, Susan B.
These two documents discuss two related family literacy projects that were conducted to develop a model for providing sustained literacy and developmental activities to economically disadvantaged families throughout Pennsylvania. The first document details the development/implementation of the Families Reading Together program, which built upon the findings of an existing special demonstration project and featured the following activities: adult basic education program based on a participatory approach that engaged parents in identifying issues, generating content, producing materials, and evaluating their own literacy learning; family literacy book club designed to encourage parents and children to read together and improve parents' literacy skills and confidence in their ability to educate their children; training/guided reading experiences for parents; and faculty workshops to develop teachers' understanding of literacy and teaching skills. The second document, "Children Achieving: The Influence of Access to Print Resources, Opportunity, and Parental Interaction in Storybook Reading," reports the original case-control study, in which the effect that improving families' access to literary materials has on parents' and children's language and reading skill development was explored by establishing a book club for parents (nearly all of whom were African-American or Latino) and children from six Head Start classrooms in three large metropolitan elementary schools. The second document includes 51 references and an appendix listing 12 children's literature selections. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Demonstration Programs, Economically Disadvantaged, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Family Literacy, Family Programs, Intergenerational Programs, Literacy Education, Literature Reviews, Models, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Statewide Planning
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.
Authoring Institution: Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania