Books

Family Learning in Action (2010) Clare Family Learning Project, Ennis.

 

Handbook of Family Literacy
Edited by Barbara H. Wasik. 2012 Edition has articles by key authors in this field. View some pages per chapter on Amazon.

Handbook of Family Literacy.
Edited by Barbara Hanna Wasik. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. London: 2004. (Different articles from 2012 edition).

EU High Level Group of Experts on Literacy
Final Report – European Commission September 2012. This literacy report is very positive about the role of family literacy in improving literacy.

Family Learning Professional Practice.
Training resources to support Continual Professional Development by Clare Meade and Louissa Adams, July 2010 costs £94.95 stg. A4 folder with 278 inserts and CD and DVD, also from the NIACE online shop.

Families and Educators as Partners.
Second Edition, by Robert E. Rockwell,  Lynda C.Andre,  Mary K.Hawley 2010. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning: USA.

Why family involvement? Special considerations when partnering with families, working with parents from diverse cultures, working with parents of children who have special needs, how schools and families communicate etc.

Essential Readings on Early Literacy 2010 
Compiled and introduced by Dorothy S. Strickland. This includes a number of articles on family literacy and parents roles.

Bringing Literacy Home
KaiLonnie Dunsmore and Douglas Fisher Editors (2010). International Reading Association:USA

This new book is divided into three areas: Supporting families in school based literacy practices, Connecting school with home culture, Implications for family literacy research and scholarship. The first article is by Shirley Brice Heath and the book ends with an article by Denny Taylor.

How can parents escape from recurrent poverty?
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published research into the reasons behind the low-pay/no-pay cycle and recurrent poverty among parents. The study, compiled predominantly of qualitative interviews with disadvantaged parents, focus groups and existing research, revealed that parents remained in the low-pay/no-pay for three main reasons: job characteristics (pay, stability etc); lack of affordable childcare and the operation and monetary levels of benefits and tax credits. The analysis also found that the quantitative analysis found that mothers less likely to get work included those who: had no qualifications; had been out of paid employment longer; had more and younger children; and/or were under 19 or over 45 years old.