ERIC Number: ED480716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Family Literacy Programs: Who Benefits?
Padak, Nancy; Rasinski, Tim
The concept of family literacy is firmly rooted in a substantial research base from several disciplines, including adult literacy, emergent literacy, child development, and systems analysis. Results from a review of research from each discipline found answers to questions about benefits of family literacy. Results show family literacy programs do work and at least four groups benefit: children, parents, families, and the larger society. Children's achievement in school improves; they attend school more regularly and are more likely to complete their education; and their general knowledge, reading achievement and vocabulary, comprehension, writing, math and science achievement, social skills, self-esteem, and attitudes toward school improve. Parents persist in the programs longer than in other adult literacy programs; their attitudes about education improve; their reading achievement, writing ability, math and science knowledge, knowledge about parenting and child development, social awareness, and self-advocacy increases. Families learn to value education, become more involved in schools, become emotionally closer, read more, and build foundations for lifelong learning. The programs positively affect these social problems: nutrition and health, low school achievement and high school dropout rates, teen parenting, joblessness and welfare dependency, social alienation, and home and community violence. (Contains 93 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Basic Skills, Child Development, Dropout Prevention, Educational Research, Emergent Literacy, Family Involvement, Family Literacy, Family School Relationship, Family (Sociological Unit), Literacy Education, Mathematics Achievement, Outcomes of Education, Reading Comprehension, Reading Skills, School Holding Power, Social Problems, Writing Skills
For full text: http://literacy.kent.edu/Oasis/Pubs/WhoBenefits2003.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Kent State Univ., OH. Ohio Literacy Resource Center.
Note: For previous versions of this document, see ED 407 568 and ED 438 470.