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ERIC Number: ED540512
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 58
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-9-2820-1157-7
Family Literacy: A Global Approach to Lifelong Learning. Effective Practices in Family Literacy and Intergenerational Learning around the World
Elfert, Maren, Ed.
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (NJ1)
Family literacy emphasises the intergenerational transfer of language and literacy from parents to their children or from one generation to another. A range of family literacy programmes exists, varying according to the groups at which each is aimed. Some programmes focus on children, some on adults, and others on both. Some programmes are run at home, some in schools or other educational institutions, and others in community centres. Some programmes have a strong focus on literacy and language, others are based on broader concepts involving health, parenting and life skills. Family literacy as a specialist field is still perceived as an essentially Western concept. However, intergenerational learning is rooted in many cultures and exists across the world, in the North as well as in the South. In November 2007, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) brought together family literacy practitioners and researchers from all the global regions to take stock of policies, practices and research in the field of family literacy worldwide and to explore its relevance and potential within the fields of adult education and lifelong learning. This publication contains the report from this meeting as well as overviews of all the projects represented therein. (Contains 3 tables and 4 footnotes.)
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. Feldbrunnenstrasse 58, 20148 Hamburg, Germany. Tel: +49-40-4480410; Fax: +49-40-4107723; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) (Germany)
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Asia; North America; South America