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ERIC Number: EJ978516
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1098-1608
Summer Literacy Intervention for Homeless Children Living in Transitional Housing
Willard, Adrienne Lisa; Kulinna, Pamela Hodges
Journal of At-Risk Issues, v17 n1 p15-21 2012
This study reports the findings of a six-week summer literacy program conducted at a transitional housing facility for homeless families in the Southwestern region of the U.S. This study is grounded on the body of knowledge on students' literacy and homelessness. The intervention included one-on-one instruction by tutors. This study examined reading scores, attitudes, and the previous home literacy environments of the 12 participants (ages five to 12). Parents and tutors also participated in postprogram interviews (N = 24). Descriptive statistics results showed that reading fluency increased (i.e., words per minute) through the literacy intervention. No significant change in attitude toward reading was found; however, themes within qualitative data suggested that participants' reading confidence and summer reading behaviors increased. Findings give (some) insight into early literacy and home literacy development of homeless children. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)