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ERIC Number: EJ1131641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1833-4105
Characteristics of Family Literacy Programmes That Improve Child Literacy, Behaviour and Parenting Skills
Terlitsky, Amy Bowlin; Wilkins, Julia
International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, v10 n2 p121-138 2015
Children who struggle with reading, a critical component of literacy, may exhibit behavioural problems. Having difficulties in both literacy and behaviour increases children's risk of poor educational outcomes. We reviewed 82 studies of family literacy programmes and identified 15 empirical studies that reported positive child outcomes related to both literacy and behaviour. All parent participants were characterized by low levels of education and marginalization. These studies indicated that improvements in children's literacy and behaviour were influenced by parents' enhanced child-rearing skills and participation in literacy activities at home. As parents gained confidence in their abilities to help their children, they were more likely to become involved in their children's education, which in turn resulted in children's greater literacy advancement and positive behavioural activity. The studies were conducted in 11 different countries and indicated cross-cultural consistency in beneficial outcomes for parents and children who participated in family literacy programmes. Based on these findings, we present a model to demonstrate the positive cyclical effects of family literacy programmes.
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Language: English
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