Implementing a Multi-Pronged Approach to Improving Literacy Outcomes
The University of Canberra (Australia) through its Literacy Centre has successfully conducted an intensive and unique parent program for twenty-five years. The Centre contributes to the improvement of literacy outcomes through strategic research and implementation that deliberately embraces the efforts of the community, local schools, the government funding body and university. Parents complete a twelve hour course prior to working in a supervised context with their child/ren. Parents receive guidance and modeling. They learn strategies to support learning; how to select appropriate texts; collaborative approaches to reading and writing, and ways to rebuild and strengthen their parent-child relationship. The local schools of the participating children are also supported through professional development to unite the efforts of parents, university and schools in a multi-pronged approach to improving literacy outcomes.
Keywords: Improving Literacy Outcomes, Literacy and Literacies, New Perspectives and Approaches
Dr. Kaye Lowe
Associate Professor Language and Literacy, Faculty of Education, University of Canberra