Based on qualitative research focused on literacy and health from three schools in coastal Kenya, this book examines country, school, and family contexts to develop a dual-generation maternal-child model for literacy learning and to connect local-specific phenomena with national and international policy arenas. In contrast to international development organizations’ educational policies and programs that tend to ignore literacy as a social practice within diverse contexts, the author unpacks the relationship between education and health, and the role of family and mothers in particular, highlighting how mothers are key actors in children’s literacy development and health outcomes.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Global Literacy Landscape and Local Literacy Discovery 2. Theoretical Frameworks: Building a Cultural Model for Literacy 3. Context Matters: Relevant Trends in Kenya 4. Local Contexts: Rural School Communities 5. Reading Mothers’ Lives: Connecting Home and School 6. Conclusions: Children, Parents, and Learning Environments
Mary Faith Mount-Cors is the president of EdIntersect, USA and part-time faculty at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, USA.