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ERIC Number: ED477861
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 18
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Empowering Parents as Reading Tutors: An Example of a Family School Partnership for Children's Literacy Development.
Janiak, Richard
Research suggests that quality home literacy activities make a difference in children's reading development. The federally funded Title I program of the Charlotte County, Florida school system promoted the role of parents as reading tutors in a way that supported the district's literacy development goals and philosophy. Parent involvement plans were initiated to enable elementary school parents to incorporate a research-based knowledge of emergent literacy and reading strategies in parent-child home interactions. The result was the Book Checkout Program (BCP), centering on a weekly book checkout activity at Title I elementary school family resource centers which are stocked with a large variety of leveled and chapter books, including books in Spanish for Hispanic families. Staff members guide parents in reading with their children, reinforcing their children's use of reading strategies. For the eight schools (preschool through fifth grade) and one early education center using the BCP, participation increased from 184 students in 1996 to 1,876 in 2002. A program evaluation examined the difference in these outcomes between families with frequent participation (FP) in BCP and families with minimal participation (MP): frequency of parent-child home reading activities, child's attitude toward reading, and child's reading achievement level. Evaluation sample included 792 students in grades 1-5. Data were collected to examine differences between FP and MP in three outcome areas: parent behaviors with children at home, children's attitude toward reading, and children's reading achievement. Findings reveal that children from FP families tended to be more positive about reading in school and more confident when called on to read in class; these children tended to have higher levels of reading achievement than their peers from MP families. (Contains 17 references and 5 tables.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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