Family literacy practice and research in Canada. Yvon Laberge Éduk Alberta, Canada [email protected] Overview. Setting the table: The Canadian geo-political context Family literacy practice - examples from Alberta Research in Family Literacy Two cases studies explored. Huge landbase.
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Family literacy practice and research in Canada
No direct involvement in education
Redirect funds to provincial/territorial governments for adult education
No program delivery mandate - only peripheral support
Education - raise taxes, define curriculum, etc.
Manage adult education systems
Responsible for direct delivery of adult/family literacy
Focuses on intergenerational educational approaches that integrate adult literacy development and early oral language development for children aged 0 to 6 for economically and socially disadvantaged families.
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Provides resources to families
Encourages parents to read to their children
Builds strong foundations in literacy
Literacy builders work with families in their homes
Builders work with parents and children,with parents gradually taking over
Builders provide follow-up support by telephone
For parents of school-age children
Provides strategies for parents to usein helping their children withreading and writing
Literacy and Parenting Skills
Provides literacy and parenting skills workshops
Groups choose from 14 parenting topics
Parents learn to model good literacy practiceswith their children
Two programmes in French
Parent-Child Mother Goose / Rhymes That Bind
For parents and veryyoung children
Develops oral language through rhymes and songs
Promotes positive parenting
‘Sacks’ contain a story book, toys, and props
Language games and ideas for use arealso included
They can be used in families, daycares, libraries,and other settings
Understanding Family Literacy
The Practice of Family Literacy in an Unjust World
The Dynamics of Working with Parents
Understanding Children and their Development
Understanding Emergent Literacy
Working with Families in a Family Literacy Setting
Working with Communities
Administering a Family Literacy Project
Evaluating Family Literacy Projects
Best Practices in Family Literacy
“For my Child:A Study of the Impact of French-Language Family Literacy Programs on Francophone Families in Linguistic Minority Settings in Ontario
“Pour mon enfant d’abord: Étude de l’impact de l’alphabétisation familiale sur les familles vivant en milieu minoritaire en Ontario”
To assess the changes observed in literacy habits and in use of French among parents and children who have been involved in one of the French-language literacy programs offered by seven French language literacy centres in Ontario.
(as observed by parents)
Family literacy programmes had a major positive impact on parents in two respects:
Family literacy programs play an important role in the growth and development of the Francophone community.
The Learning Together program offers sessions for parents, an early childhood development program for the children, and then joint sessions in which parents and children interacted around literacy events.
The Learning Together program was developed as part of a longitudinal study conducted by the University of Alberta. The results were published in a book: Family Literacy Matters: A Longitudinal Parent-Child Literacy Intervention Study Linda M. Phillips, Ruth Hayden, and Stephen P. Norris
Data presented in the following slides is drawn from this study.