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Family Literacy

Family literacy refers to literacy practices that occur within homes and among family members. While literacy learning has traditionally been the focus of schools, family literacy scholars have emphasized the importance of literacy practices that occur in homes before children begin formal schooling and continue with their lives in homes and communities. This entry addresses literacy practices in diverse families and communities, the literacy strengths of families and communities, the impact of technology and globalization on family literacy practices, and the potential contribution of family literacy initiatives.

Literacy in Diverse Families and Communities

In 1983, Denny Taylor published a book titled Family Literacy: Young Children Learning to Read and Write. In that book, Taylor documented the literacy practices of a small group of children and their ...

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