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Literacy for Empowerment: The Role of Parents in Children's Education


reviewed by Virginia Richardson 1991

coverTitle: Literacy for Empowerment: The Role of Parents in Children's Education
Author(s): Concha Delgado-Gaitan
Publisher: Falmer Press, London
ISBN: 1850006636, Pages: , Year: 1990
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Literacy for Empowerment, by Concha Delgado-Gaitan, is an ethnography of the homes and classrooms of twenty grade 2 and 3 Spanish-speaking Mexican students. It is based on a theoretical framework that suggests that because literacy is socially constructed and students are involved in literacy learning in the home as well as the school, an empowered interaction among parents and school personnel will refocus and make coherent literacy education in both settings, and thus increase student achievement. The group of students and parents with whom Delgado-Gaitan worked had characteristics that would suggest that few of them would do well in school; and yet some did. These students were from immigrant, Spanish-speaking, working-class families, few members of which spoke English. This provided Delgado-Gaitan an opportunity to examine differences in the way parents worked with their children and with the schools in relation to how the students did in school—specifically, whether they were... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 92 Number 4, 1991, p. 662-663
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 348, Date Accessed: 10/24/2014 4:31:14 PM

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