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ERIC Number: ED513441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 83
A Review of the Research Evidence Underpinning Partners in Literacy
Mottram, Emily; McCoy, Emily
National Literacy Trust
In the last three decades, several strands of research have produced compelling evidence justifying a focus on the family with a particular emphasis on early years in order to raise literacy standards. Partners in Literacy is an evidence-based model which is built on these key research findings, these are: (1) Families and parents are critical to children's attainment. Parental involvement in their child's literacy practices positively affects children's academic performance and is a more powerful force for academic success than other family background variables, such as social class, family size and level of parental education; (2) The home is crucial. Parents have the greatest influence on the achievement of young people through supporting their learning in the home rather than supporting activities in school; and (3) Early intervention is vital. The earlier parents become involved in their children's literacy practices, the more profound the results and the longer-lasting the effects. Children learn long before they enter formal education. This paper looks in detail at the range of research underpinning the Partners in Literacy (PiL) model. (Contains 4 figures and 9 footnotes.) [This document was originally written by Angelica Bonci in 2008.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Literacy Trust (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom