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Fathers' and young children's literacy experiences

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A family literacy program was examined to document the literacy experiences of 25 fathers and their five-year-old children. Using a case study methodology, this study examined the effects of a literacy intervention program that was designed to assist fathers to promote their children's acquisition of literacy. The results indicated that the fathers who learn literacy strategies and activities can contribute to their children's literacy development. Fathers in the literacy intervention program received the same literacy instruction, but they modified the instruction to their own personal style, the literacy strategies, interactions, materials, and activities that they learned. The trends and innovations in the literacy program were related to the teaching-learning process and their collaboration. These trends and innovations indicated that fathers can make important contributions to their children's literacy development.

Keywords: Family literacy; Fathers' roles; Literacy development

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Maryland, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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