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ERIC Number: EJ863710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1082-1651
Becoming Family Literate: A New Construct and Platform for Practice
McGregor, Sue L. T.
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v101 n1 p60-66 2009
The family as a basic social unit needs strategic support and strength to carry its weight, relative to other social institutions. This article focuses on why it is important to help people learn to be in a family and presents the construct of becoming family literate (different from family literacy). This learning is a legitimate platform from which to work for the interests of families during the UN Decade for Literacy and beyond. This construct reinforces the imperative of family and consumer sciences practice. It offers a new perspective to an old dilemma: how to ensure legitimacy and high regard for our constant messaging that families need external supports in their role as a basic social institution. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A