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2nd Edition

Handbook of Family Literacy

Edited By

Barbara H. Wasik

ISBN 9780415884587
Published April 26, 2012 by Routledge
496 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Handbook of Family Literacy, 2e, provides the most comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of family literacy of any available book. It documents the need for literacy education for children and parents, describes early literacy and math development within the home, analyses interventions in home and center settings, and examines the issues faced by fathers and women with low literacy skills. Cultural issues are examined especially those for Hispanic, African American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and migrant populations. Noted experts throughout the United States, Canada, England, the Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, and South Africa analyze the commonalities and differences of family literacy across cultures and families. Key features include the following.

Comprehensive – Provides updated information on the relation between early childhood literacy development, parenting education, and intervention services.

Research Focus – Provides an extensive review of experimental studies, including national reviews and meta-analyses on family literacy.

Practice Focus – Provides a comprehensive treatment of family literacy interventions necessary for program developers, policy makers, and researchers.

Diversity Focus – Provides detailed information on cultural and diversity issues for guiding interventions, policy, and research.

International Focus – Provides an international perspective on family literacy services that informs program developers, researchers, and policy makers across countries.

Evaluation Focus – Provides detailed guidelines for ensuring program quality and fidelity and a valuable new evaluation perspective based on implementation science.

This book is essential reading for anyone – researchers, program developers, students, practitioners, and policy makers – who needs to be knowledgeable about intervention issues, family needs, program developments, and research outcomes in family literacy.

Table of Contents

I. Overview of Family Literacy  1. The Role of Family Literacy in Society Barbara H. Wasik and Barbara Van Horn  II. Children’s Early Literacy and Language Development  2. Early Literacy Development Ashley M. Pinkham and Susan B. Neuman  3. Child Language and Literacy Development at Home Monique Sénéchal  4. How can parents help their children learn math? Herbert P. Ginsburg, Helena Duch, Barbrina Ertle and Kimberly G. Noble  5. Nested Strategies to Promote Language and Literacy Skills Barbara Hanna Wasik and Joseph Sparling  6. Focus on Children under Age Three: Family Literacy in Early Head Start Kimberly Boller, Eileen Rodriguez, Cheri Vogel, Rachel Chazan Cohen, Helen Raikes, and John Love  7. Family Literacy and Home Visiting Programs Deanna S. Gomby  8. Translating Research into Practice: Results from the National Early Literacy Panel and Their Implications for Family Literacy Programs Christopher J. Lonigan and Timothy Shanahan  9. How Effective Are Family Literacy Programs for Children’s Literacy Skills? A Review of the Meta-analytic Evidence Roel van Steensel, Stephanie Herppich, Nele McElvany, and Jeanne Kurvers  III. Parent and Adult Learning and Engagement  10. Father Involvement and Family Literacy Vivian L. Gadsden  11. Adult Learning in Family Literacy: Special Considerations for Women Learners Esther Prins and Barbara Van Horn  12. Effective Strategies for Teaching Reading to Adults John R. Kruidenier  13. Effective Strategies for Teaching Math to Adults Lynda Ginsburg  14. Preparing Adults for the Future: Transitions to Post-Secondary Education or Work Judith A. Alamprese  15. Parent Engagement and Parent Leadership Blaire Willson Toso and Ramazan Gungor  IV. Culture and Diversity  16. A Socio-cultural Conception of Literacy Practices in African American Families Kristin M. Scott, Jeffrey M. Brown, Esther Jean-Baptiste, and Oscar A. Barbarin  17. Meeting the Needs of American Indian and Alaska Native Families Susan C. Faircloth and Nicole L. Thompson  18. Family Literacy Programs for Latino Families in the United States Dina C. Castro, Julia Mendez, Sandra Garcia, and Diana Westerberg  19. Linguistic, Literacy, and Socioemotional Interventions of Young Children in Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker Families Sandra Barrueco  V. Global Efforts in Family Literacy  20. Family Literacy in Canada Linda Shohet 21. Family Literacy in England Greg Brooks, Peter Hannon, and Viv Bird  22. Family Literacy Programs in the Netherlands and in Germany: Policies, Current Programs, and Evaluation Studies Nele McElvany, Roel van Steensel, Karin Guill, Cathy Van Tuijl, and Stephanie Herppich  23. Family Literacy in New Zealand: Weaving Together Families, Schools, and Community John Benseman and Alison Sutton  24. Family Literacy Programs in South Africa Snoeks Desmond  VI. Program Quality and Fidelity in Family Literacy  25. Approaches to Program Fidelity in Family Literacy Research Douglas R. Powell and Amy J. Carey  26. Assessing Early Childhood Classrooms Jessica E. Vick Whittacker and Robert C. Pianta  27. Assessing Adult Basic Education Classrooms in Family Literacy Programs Sheila Sherow  28. Program Improvement through Action Research Drucie Weirauch  29. Developing Implementation Capacity of Organizations and Systems to Support Effective Uses of Family Literacy Programs Sandra F. Naoom, Melissa Van Dyke, Dean L. Fixsen, Karen A. Blasé, and Adrienne N. Villagomez

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Barbara Hanna Wasik, PhD, holds a W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professorship in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is also a Fellow of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. A clinical and school psychologist, she has devoted most of her professional career to developing and evaluating intervention programs for children at risk for social, emotional, or academic difficulties. She was an invited participant to the While House Conference on Child Care and served as a member of the Committee on Early Childhood Pedagogy of the National Academy of Sciences. She co-authored, Home Visiting; Procedures for Helping Families and the Handbook of Child Development and Early Intervention.