ERIC Number: ED470714
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy Interventions in Low Resource Environments: An International Perspective. ERIC Digest.
This digest presents a description of three innovative interventions designed to support student literacy acquisition outside the classroom in low resource communities. It begins with a discussion of literacy related issues in low resource environments, noting that an increasing number of children who are not acquiring a basic education live in impoverished sections of industrialized nations. The first program described in the Digest is a Nigerian grassroots initiative where reading clubs were conducted by a local organization called The Center of Excellence for Literacy and Literacy Education. The second program described in the digest is "The Talk to a Literacy Learner" program, which assists parents in their children's reading and writing, and which began in an urban elementary school in Sydney, Australia. The last program described involved elementary and middle school students in the Des Moines, Iowa area in long-term after school sports and recreational programs; summer camps designed to increase students' reading, writing, math, and science literacy; field trips; job shadowing; and mentoring programs. It concludes that involving students in out-of-school based literacy activities that connect them with their communities and enrich their day-to-day lives can play a key role in literacy skills acquisition in school. (RS)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Disadvantaged Environment, Elementary Education, Enrichment Activities, Foreign Countries, Intervention, Literacy, Parent Participation, Poverty Areas, Program Descriptions
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Nigeria