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Adult Literacy and New Technologies - Federation of American ...

Adult Literacy and New Technologies - Federation of American ...

Chapter 4-The

Chapter 4-The Literacy System: A Patchwork of Programs and Resources | 119 cabulary, procedures, and context. While this can Another example of the shifting view of be accomplished with traditional training programs, computer-based systems make it easier to create customized materials and individualize learning plans that match basic skills content with workplace context. Family Literacy The hand that rocks the cradle also tells the family stones, reads the books, asks “What did you do at school today?” 84 literacy is the growth in family literacy programs. Research has shown that the education level of the mother is the strongest variable affecting a child’s school achievement; 85 parents can increase children’s chances to succeed in school through such means as reading to children or modeling good reading habits .86 But if the parents themselves are unable to read, the children miss this extra boost. Family literacy or intergenerational literacy refers to the goal of reaching all members of a 84 ~ c. ~fi~, ~-~tening t. ~others’ voices:A Reporter’s G~”& @ Fam”ly b“ter~ (Washington, m: &hU%tiOn WriWX A.%SOChtiO~ 1992), p. 1. 85 some ~gge~t ~ - for ~om-tory ~u~tion for c~~n wo~d ~ ~~r ~nt if tiy directly focused on improving @ liklXy of mothers instead. Ibid., p. 1. Also see, for example, Sandra Mm Fossen and Thom.as G. Sticht Teach the Mother andReach the Ch”ld: Results of the Intergenerational L.iteracyAction Project of Wtier Opportunities for Women (Washington DC: Wider Opportunities for Women+ July 1991). 86 s=, for _le, TOG. sti~t ~d B~. Mc~~d, ~&”ng the Na~n s~~~: The Intergenerational Tkm.r&r of Cogru”tive Atn”lity (S~ Diego, CA: Applied Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, Inc., 1989); and Ruth Nikase, Boston University, “The Noises of Liz An Overview of Intergenerational and Family Literacy Programs,” prepared for the U.S. Department of Education Office of the Secretary, Mar. 3, 1989.

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