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ERIC Number: EJ860739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1934-2322
Finding Voice: Shared Decision Making and Student Leadership in a Family Literacy Program
Toso, Blaire Willson; Prins, Esther; Drayton, Brendaly; Gnanadass, Edith; Gungor, Ramazan
Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, v3 n3 p151-160 Fall 2009
Drawing on literature in participatory adult education, this article reports the findings from a collaborative research project exploring family literacy participants' experiences in their program's parent advisory council. The findings reveal that involvement in the council enhanced program effectiveness, increased learners' investment in the program, and fostered capacities that transferred to personal, educational, and social domains. However, learners had little influence over some programmatic areas. The study suggests that having a meaningful say in programmatic matters can prepare learners to speak out and exercise more control over decisions in their lives and communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania