Even Start family literacy program participants' perceptions of parenting education, an integral component in family literacy programs

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Title: Even Start family literacy program participants' perceptions of parenting education, an integral component in family literacy programs
Author: Chen, Chia-Yin
Abstract: Parenting education , combined with adult basic education and early childhood education , makes the Even Start program a unified family literacy program which helps to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and low literacy . Research studies have shown that the Even Start program has positive effects on its participants . Even though some of the effects are not explicitly tied to parenting education , they are closely related to parenting education . This study investigated the effectiveness of parenting education as perceived by its participants . The purposes of this study were to identify Even Start program participants ? ? ? ? ? ? perceptions of parenting education , to explore issues related to parenting education , and to identify the impact of parenting education as perceived by the program participants . The interviewed parents considered parenting education an important component of the Even Start family literacy program . Findings in this study revealed how the participants used what they had learned in the parenting classes , incorporating their improved literacy skills to facilitate the growth of the whole family . According to the study participants , parenting classes provided a safe and comfortable environment for the parents to learn or validate their parenting practices , to identify themselves with each other , to build up a network of support system , and to practice their literacy skills in a context related to their everyday life . Since their participation in the parenting education , the study participants reported attainment of new insights about being a good parent , better communication with their children and other family members , improved education experience for their children , prolonged parenting values and practices , and improved family relationships . Using Bronfenbrenner ? ? ? ? ? ?s ecology model to look at the family literacy program , parenting education appeared to be the linkage between all components .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /4368
Date: 2006-10-30

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Even Start family literacy program participants' perceptions of parenting education, an integral component in family literacy programs. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /4368 .

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