ERIC Number: ED431272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar-12
Working with Fathers of Young Children with Disabilities To Develop Print Literacy.
Ortiz, Robert W.; Stile, Steve; Tanabe, Juan S.
This paper first presents a rationale for involving fathers in early literacy development and then offers a model for training fathers of children at-risk or with disabilities. Previous research has found two reasons given by fathers for their involvement in literacy development: first, to provide a "head start" in reading and writing, and, second, to increase bonding. Project DADS (Dads as Developmental Specialists) is based on a model which involves recruitment of fathers and authentic observation in which emerging child behaviors and the father's matching facilitating behaviors are identified prior to training. Next the Project DADS study is described. Between March and October 1999, Project DADS provided 8 hours of training to 90 fathers of young (birth through age 5) children with disabilities. This study is investigating the following questions: (1) what are the demographics of the volunteer trainees and their children? (2) what are the perceptions of trainees concerning the value of father-child literacy activities? (3) what is the attrition rate for participating fathers and the reasons given? (4) what are the trainees' current literacy practices? (5) what are the fathers' perceived strengths and weaknesses regarding father-child literacy? (6) what child-literacy goals do the fathers set for themselves and their children? and (7) to what extent are the fathers successful in implementing the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the training program? Contains 23 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Eastern New Mexico Univ., Portales.; New Mexico State Dept. of Health, Santa Fe.; New Mexico State Dept. of Education, Santa Fe.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces.
Note: Paper presented at the New Mexico Federation Council for Exceptional Children Conference (March 12, 1999).