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ERIC Number: ED410767
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Seriedad y Broma (Formality and Teasing): Vertical and Horizontal Scaffolding of Literacy Events in Latino Immigrant Families.
Janes, Helena; Kermani, Hengameh
A study examined the home literacy practices of 180 low-income Latino recent-immigrant families participating in a 3-year family literacy program. Data were gathered from videotapes of literacy interactions between parents and children using children's literacy materials, audiotapes of naturally occurring conversation among family members, transcriptions of tapes segmented into teaching units and coded for a range of scaffolding strategies and responses, family information questionnaires and screening surveys, tutors' weekly written reports on family visits, and program coordinators' field notes on home-visit observations. Analysis indicates that family literacy events did not occur and are not scaffolded in the same manner in this community as in middle class families, but are likely to happen in a variety of time frames and locations, routinized in culturally specific ways. Authentic literacy practices do occur, and literacy scaffolding centrally involves parents' one-way transmission of "the right way" for an educated child to behave. Literacy scaffolding is as likely to occur between siblings as between adults and children. Ten methods for the program to support family literacy more effectively are outlined. Contains 20 references. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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