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ERIC Number: ED508725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 57
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 51
Current Areas of Interest in Family Literacy
Gadsden, Vivian L.
Office of Educational Research and Improvement
Family literacy has developed over the past decade into an increasingly significant--and often contested--area of research, practice, and policymaking in the fields of literacy and family studies as well as in the broader arenas of education and schooling. The purpose of this chapter is to give the reader a better understanding of the general state of family literacy today--a snapshot--with an eye toward strengthening the relationship between family literacy and adult literacy and learning. The chapter is divided into three sections. The first section provides a brief background of, or context for, the research, practice, and policy that have led to current efforts. The second presents areas that have emerged as critical domains of interest to the field: parent-child interactions, including emergent literacy; intergenerational literacy; English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) and language differences; assessment and evaluation; and culture and context. The third section summarizes persistent challenges to the field as well as possibilities for implementing meaningful linkages between research and practice. [Chapter 7 in: Annual Review of Adult Learning and Literacy. Volume 3; copublished with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; see ED478329.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
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Language: English
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