ERIC Number: ED453519
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Shared Reading Project: Evaluating Implementation Processes and Family Outcomes. Sharing Results.
Delk, Linda; Weidekamp, Lisa
The Shared Reading Project is built on the premise that hearing people can learn to read storybooks to deaf and hard-of-hearing children by observing how deaf adults do it. The Shared Reading Project is based on 15 booksharing principles derived from research about how deaf adults read books to young deaf children. Deaf tutors serve as models and coaches to help hearing parents learn the skills needed to share books with their young deaf and hard-of-hearing children. The project's ultimate goal is to help deaf and hard-of-hearing children become better readers in school and improve their academic achievement. This evaluation report explains how the Shared Reading Project works, how it was developed, and what the evaluation focused on. The report states that 106 families with 116 deaf and hard-of-hearing children age 11 and younger participated in the Shared Reading Project at five expansion sites where 64 tutors were hired, and that about 30% of the children (average age: 4.6 years) belonged to two or more traditionally underserved groups. According to the report, these evaluation findings indicate that the Shared Reading Project effectively translated lessons learned from research about how deaf adults read to deaf children into strategies that hearing parents and caregivers learned and used with their own deaf and hard-of-hearing children. The report finds that positive changes associated with the Shared Reading Project took place in family booksharing at the five sites. It makes nine recommendations. (Contains 16 figures and 20 references. Appended are extensive data tables, expansion site application criteria, book titles used for the project, and data collection instruments.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Family Involvement, Hearing Impairments, Outcomes of Education, Parent Participation, Preschool Education, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Reading Improvement, Teaching Models
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Gallaudet Univ., Washington, DC.; Gallaudet Univ., Washington, DC. Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center.