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Developments in European literacy policy : Putting greater focus on the family

Carpentieri, Jd (2013) Developments in European literacy policy : Putting greater focus on the family. RaPAL. ISSN 1747-5600. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

Despite ample evidence of its beneficial impacts for children and adults, family literacy has traditionally been ignored in European Union (EU) policy documents and directives. That is no longer the case. This article traces EU policymakers’ rising interest in family literacy, as evidenced in a number of key policy documents and directives. The article then summarises the findings of a key European Commission (EC) research study which has played a central role in encouraging a greater focus on the family. Drawing on meta-analytic evidence, this study found that family literacy programmes are efficient and effective tools for improving child literacy skills. Such programmes also produce a wide range of important non-cognitive outcomes for children and parents, with significant long-term benefits for society. However, if family literacy is to continue to increase its profile, it will have to overcome a number of daunting policy barriers, including institutional antipathy and the “tyranny of effect size”. While unable to provide guaranteed solutions to these problems, this article does offer some examples of success in overcoming them.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Lifelong and Comparative Education
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2014 13:53
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:05
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