ERIC Number: ED439895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Literacy and Parenting Outcomes of a Rural, Home-Based Program.
Meehan, Merrill L.; Walsh, Sandra; Spring, Janet; Swisher, Angie; Lewis, Harry
The Even Start Family Literacy Program is a national program designed to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy by working with low-income families to improve adult literacy, parenting skills, and developmental and preschool readiness of young children in the family. The Monongalia County (West Virginia) Even Start Program is unusual in that home visits are the primary service delivery mechanism. A program evaluation during the 1997-98 program year determined the outcomes of the adult and parenting education components and evaluated the program's parenting education literacy materials. Thirteen adults were tested for adult education outcomes, and 32 were tested for parenting education outcomes. Results indicate that the program had some impact on parents' reading comprehension, moderate impact on parents' number operations, very large impact on parents' problem solving, and large impact on parents' total mathematics. The program had more impact in the mathematics area than in reading comprehension. The program had no impact on the adults' parenting efficacy, little impact on parental responsibility, some impact on parents' internal locus of control, and some impact on parents' self-esteem. The parenting education materials developed by program staff were found to be interesting, understandable, informative, and utilitarian, but poor in terms of attractiveness. Recommendations included implementing changes to increase reading comprehension, determining the reason for the low parenting efficacy outcomes, and improving the appearance of the parenting education materials. (Contains 22 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: AEL, Inc., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia