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Clymer, Carol; Toso, Blaire Willson; Grinder, Elisabeth; Sauder, Ruth Parrish – Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, 2017
"Changing the Course of Family Literacy" re-examines the importance and value of family literacy programming and offers several policy recommendations to focus attention on the four-component model used in Even Start. This paper explores the current status of Family literacy and, after gathering information from 47 states, found that 11…
Descriptors: Family Literacy, Literacy Education, Family Programs, Partnerships in Education
Toso, Blaire Willson; Grinder, Elisabeth L. – Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, 2016
This guide discusses incorporating leadership training and opportunities into parent involvement and family literacy programs. By doing this, parents can have a meaningful voice in social and educational issues, and educators can have a better understanding of the benefits of working with and supporting parent as equal partners in schools and…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Leadership Training, Family Literacy, Family School Relationship
Toso, Blaire Willson; Krupar, Ally – Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, 2016
The recent enactment of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is prompting adult basic education and family literacy programs to more intentionally focus on supporting adult learners to transition to family sustaining employment. This change directly affects family literacy practitioners who primarily work with underskilled or…
Descriptors: Employment Potential, Job Skills, Family Literacy, Family Programs
Mooney, Angela; Prins, Esther – Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, 2015
This practitioner's guide discusses what digital storytelling (DST) is and reasons for using it in family literacy (FL) programs. Examples of FL programs using DST effectively are provided, along with concrete steps for implementation. The guide concludes with important considerations for educators and a list of resources.
Descriptors: Family Literacy, Family Programs, Story Telling, Multimedia Materials
Toso, Blaire Willson, Ed. – Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, 2013
The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) presents, alongside the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State University, these proceedings from the research strand at the 22nd National Conference on Family Literacy. Through these sessions, NCFL's conference continues to provide the latest research in family education…
Descriptors: Family Literacy, Parent Participation, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Education
Mooney, Angela; Prins, Esther – Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, 2013
The purpose of this guide is to inform practitioners about the current descriptions of health literacy and the relevance of this topic to adult education and family literacy practices. The adult education and family literacy educators play a key role in teaching and enhancing health literacy in the classroom.
Descriptors: Health Education, Adult Education, Family Literacy, Teacher Role
Toso, Blaire Willson – Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, 2012
Family literacy programs promote certain ideas about literacy and parenting. This study examined how Mexican immigrant women in a family literacy program used mainstream ideas, or discourses, of mothering and parent involvement in education to pursue their own personal and academic goals. The findings revealed that women were at times faced with…
Descriptors: Females, Immigrants, Literacy Education, Family Literacy
Shaughnessy, Colleen; Prins, Esther – Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, 2012
The purpose of this guide is to provide recommendations for educators working with preliterate and beginning literacy level parents in family literacy and parent involvement programs. This guide is motivated by the growing presence of immigrant learners in schools and family literacy programs. Over 20% of public school children have immigrant…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Family Literacy, Parents, Parent Participation
Grinder, Elisabeth L.; Toso, Blaire Willson – Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, 2012
Parent involvement in children's language and literacy development is a continuum. Parents enhance their newborn baby's language and vocabulary growth, whereas with older children parents are involved in school and provide support by engaging in learning activities such as assisting with homework. Parent involvement is an important part of…
Descriptors: Interaction, Literacy Education, Language Acquisition, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
Drayton, Brendaly; Prins, Esther – Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, 2011
Although the national graduation rate for African American males is only 47% (Schott Foundation for Public Education, 2010), few studies have explored their experiences in adult basic and literacy education (ABEL) programs. This study draws on prior research to explore the relationship between literacy and identity and its potential for…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Literacy Education, African Americans, Stereotypes
Gungor, Ramazan; Prins, Esther – Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, 2011
Adult education curricula such as literacy textbooks present blueprints for living, including different ways of being and relating as men and women. However, educators and scholars seldom consider the underlying assumptions about gender in literacy workbooks, especially in international settings. This study used Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA)…
Descriptors: Females, Adult Literacy, Gender Bias, Sexual Identity
Miller, Faith; Prins, Esther – Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, 2009
Interactive Literacy Activities, or ILAs, broadly refer to activities that facilitate interaction between adults and children for the purpose of promoting literacy and language development. It is essential to make ILAs developmentally and culturally appropriate for children and to use an approach that integrates various activities in order to…
Descriptors: Interaction, Literacy Education, Language Acquisition, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
Toso, Blaire Willson; Prins, Esther; Drayton, Brendaly; Gungor, Ramazan; Gnanadass, Edith – Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, 2008
Although adult educators espouse values such as inclusion and ownership, adult learners seldom play a substantive role in programmatic decision making. This collaborative research project explored family literacy participants' experiences in their program's parent advisory council (PAC). The study shows that involvement in the PAC enhanced program…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Literacy Education, Adult Learning
Prins, Esther; Toso, Blaire Willson – Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, 2008
The Parent Education Profile (PEP) is an instrument that rates parents' support for children's literacy development. This study examined how the PEP portrays the ideal parent, its assumptions about parenting and education, and the values and ideals it promotes. In sum, many aspects of the PEP evaluate parents by the mainstream (White,…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Reading Instruction, Child Rearing, Parenting Styles
Prins, Esther; Gungor, Ramazan – Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, 2008
Due to federal budget cuts in 2005-06, 11 family literacy programs in Pennsylvania switched from federal Even Start to state (Act 143) funding. Simultaneously, state welfare requirements stipulated that in most circumstances adult education is not an allowable work activity for welfare recipients over age 20. This study examined how these policy…
Descriptors: State Standards, Geographic Location, Student Recruitment, Family Literacy
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