Family Literacy Programs: A Source of Transformative Learning

By Petra Alaine Robinson and Mary Alfred.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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Published online: March 27, 2014 $US5.00

This paper will highlight the findings of an empirical study, which examined how Hispanic mothers’ participation in an Even Start Family Literacy program in Texas contributed to their family literacy engagement and parental development. By exploring the elements of participation and engagement in the program, parents discuss the ways in which these influence their reading behaviors and other literacy practices. Additionally, the study's findings highlight observed personal and parenting changes and transformations. Significant transformations, as reported by the mothers, occurred in areas related to spousal, parent, and child relationships, communication skills, discipline habits, literacy practices, and critical thinking skills, among others. This study has implications for the theory, research and practice for adult and lifelong education.

Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Family Literacy, Transformative Learning

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 20, Issue 2, March 2014, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 27, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 362.998KB)).

Dr. Petra Alaine Robinson

Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University, Louisiana, USA

I earned my Bachelors degree and Masters in International Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, USA. My Ph.D. is in educational administration and human resource development from Texas A&M University. My professional experiences are in the area of human resource management and human resource development, most recently in workforce education and professional development. My research interests includes colorism, post-colonialism and culture, social justice in education and the workplace, international adult education, urban education and the achievement gap, and faculty professional development. I am currently a research associate at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey's Graduate School of Education in the Department of Educational Psychology.

Mary Alfred

Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA