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Offered each Spring Semester

ADTED 459:  Interactive Literacy and Parental Involvement:  Supporting Academic SuccessThis course identifies and analyzes current research related to parent involvement in education and parent-child interactive literacy activities. The focus is primarily on how parents and other caregivers actively engage in home- and school-based activities to support children’s language and literacy development and academic success. Language diversity of all types will be an ongoing theme, as well as the socio-cultural issues that are implicated in family engagement.

Learning Objectives:  Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify key characteristics of parent involvement in a child’s language and literacy development and the literature that informs the value of parent involvement.
  • Explain the importance of the family literacy component, interactive literacy activities, to children’s language and literacy development.
  • Identify key characteristics of formal and informal interactive literacy activities.
  • Discuss a variety of supportive literacy and language development activities.
  • Discuss research that informs the development and implementation of interactive literacy parent trainings.
  • Identify and discuss the implications of working with diverse families.
  • Identify how relevant life content can be built into literacy activities (e.g., health, media awareness).

Course Topics

  ~  Introduction to parent involvement
  ~  Perceptions of parents’ educational role
  ~  Parent involvement and equity issues
  ~  Home-school connection
  ~  Fathers versus mothers
  ~  Parent involvement and interactive literacy activities
       >  What are they?
       >  Parent interventions
       >  Working with diverse families
       >  Media & technology
       >  Health literacy