ERIC Number: ED412372
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Characteristics of Effective Family Literacy Programs in Michigan.
Parecki, Andrea DeBruin; Paris, Scott G.; Seidenberg, Jennifer L.
A study examined the broad range of family literacy programs across Michigan to document how goals, instructional practice, assessment methods, staff training, and social support for participants varied. Three established models of family literacy were identified and described: the Kenan Model, Parents as Partners in Reading (PPR), and HIPPY (Home Instruction Program for Pre-School Youngsters). Four programs were selected to demonstrate how family literacy was implemented in very different circumstances. The first three adapted nationally recognized models. The Maple Tree Even Start program adopted the Kenan Model; Allen Prison offered PPR; and a family literacy program in a large metropolitan city in southwestern Michigan adopted HIPPY. The existing models provided some guidance for programs that had little directions. All the models had problems in terms of adequately providing a complete and inclusive framework for new and existing programs. The Christian Outreach Center created its own framework by taking bits and pieces from various commercial materials and packaged curricula that could lead to a hodgepodge of materials and activities without a coherent framework. Strengths of successful programs were as follows: responsiveness to cultural, familial, and community characteristics; collaboration with surrounding agencies (social, medical, governmental, job skills programs); good referral system; and overcome barriers that would otherwise hinder increased access and participation. Weaknesses in family literacy programs were also identified: unbalanced components, inappropriate assessment, irrelevant curricula, and narrow perspective. (Contains 19 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Family Literacy, Family Relationship, Illiteracy, Literacy Education, Models, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Community Relationship
National Center on Adult Literacy, University of Pennsylvania, 3910 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3111 (order no. TR96-07).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center on Adult Literacy, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan