Engaging Families: Connecting Home and School Literacy Communities available in Paperback
After four years of studying "the students [they] worried about most," Betty Shockley, Barbara Michalove, and JoBeth Allen began to consider the importance of children's literacy experiences outside of school. While their students talked regularly about home literacy events, there was no real link between home and school: no way to learn what families valued and practiced, no way to communicate how their children were becoming literate in school.
Engaging Families details how these teachers and the students' families developed respected partnerships in the teaching/learning process. The authors share what they learned about creating an extended literacy community, identifying the primary themes in literacy development and suggesting parallel practices to reinforce them. But Engaging Families is not a prescriptive text, it is a description of one particular effort, featuring actual voices of children and parents.
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|Age Range:||5 - 10 Years|
About the Author
Betty Shockley has been a researcher since 1989, when she began the longitudinal study that became Engaging Children (Heinemann, 1993). She has published numerous essays and articles, presented at state and national conferences, and conducted workshops with teachers. Shockley is an active researcher with the National Reading Research Center at the University of Georgia, where she serves as the director of the School Research Consortium.
Barbara Michalove, along with co-researchers Betty Shockley and JoBeth Allen, began the longitudinal study that became Engaging Children, (Heinemann, 1993), in 1989. Over the course of their partnership, they have published numerous essays and articles, presented at state and national conferences, and conducted workshops with teachers. Michalove conducts teacher research in her own whole language classroom in Athens, Georgia. She is an active researcher with the National Reading Research Center at the University of Georgia.
Table of ContentsFocus on Relationships
Respecting and Learning from Families
Partners in Literacy: Home and School
Creating Parallel Practices
Adrian: The Moral of the Story
Lakendra: ". . . and as always we were pleased"
Cathy: A Book Buddy
Issues of Policy and Practice
Partnerships, Not Programs
Questions and Answers and More Questions Appendixes: A. Dennis's Family Reading Journal B. Studying the Extended Research Community: Research Process