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Family literacy programs: A source of transformative learning

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This paper will highlight the findings of an empirical study, which examined how Hispanic mothers' participation in an Even Start Family Literacy program in Texas contributed to their family literacy engagement and parental development. By exploring the elements of participation and engagement in the program, parents discuss the ways in which these influence their reading behaviors and other literacy practices. Additionally, the study's findings highlight observed personal and parenting changes and transformations. Significant transformations, as reported by the mothers, occurred in areas related to spousal, parent, and child relationships, communication skills, discipline habits, literacy practices, and critical thinking skills, among others. This study has implications for the theory, research and practice for adult and lifelong education.

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