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ERIC Number: EJ794855
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1476-718X
Parents' Experiences of a Family Literacy Programme
Hannon, Peter; Morgan, Anne; Nutbrown, Cathy
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v4 n1 p19-44 2006
Relatively few studies of family literacy programmes have investigated parents' views, despite their importance for the future development of this kind of programme in early childhood education. This article reports on a family literacy programme from the perspectives of the parents involved in it. The study was carried out in socio-economically disadvantaged communities in a northern English city. Parent experiences were investigated through interviews at the beginning and end of the programme (N = 85) and home visit records. Interviews with a control group (N = 73) of parents who had never participated in a family literacy programme were also conducted at the end of programme. Take-up and participation rates were extremely high for child-focused components of the programme, but the adult (parent-focused) education component had lower take-up. Parents expressed extremely positive views about the child-focused component of the programme and all felt it had benefited children. There was evidence, according to parent report, of programme impact on family literacy practices. Implications for family literacy programmes are discussed. (Contains 8 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)