Family literacy : reading, writing, and survival

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Garlock, Toni L.
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 1995
Student recollections of childhood realities in regard to literacy acquisition in the home were examined in this study through discussion, interviews, and journals with 11 participants. The importance placed on literacy activities by significant adults in the home is discussed in this paper as are the concepts of family dynamics and relationships and their effect on literacy learning. Effects of abuse, alcoholism, and prejudice according to race, ability, and status are also presented. It is eye-opening for educators to see the emphasis that was placed on survival in their youth, in a very real sense, by many of the participants, even when questioned specifically about literacy experiences. All names have been changed to ensure anonymity. Those participants who have had life experiences related in one or more vignettes, will receive another name change during the analysis and discussion of childhood realities. This study has been approved by the Human Subjects Committee and permission has been obtained from all participants.
vii, 57 leaves ; 29 cm.
Literacy -- Alberta , Literacy -- Social aspects -- Alberta , Families -- Alberta , Family violence -- Alberta