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Effects of a Dutch Family Literacy Program: The Role of Implementation

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Department of Public Administration and Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 3062 PA Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Department of Psychology, Education, and Child Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 3062 PA Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Research Centre Urban Talent, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, 3015 CX Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Educ. Sci. 2021, 11(2), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11020050
Received: 8 December 2020 / Revised: 19 January 2021 / Accepted: 25 January 2021 / Published: 30 January 2021
It is hypothesized that variability found in the effects of family literacy programs results from differences in implementation by parents. In this study, the implementation and effects of a Dutch program were examined in a sample of 207 kindergarteners (mean age at pre-test: 64 months). No main intervention effects on children’s literacy development were found. The quality of implementation proved to be higher for high-SES and native Dutch (speaking) parents than for low-SES, ethnic-minority parents with other home languages. Parent SES, ethnic-minority status, and home language did not moderate the program effects on child language scores and the program failed to impact targeted parental attributes, namely, the home literacy environment and parent self-efficacy. Finally, children’s development proved unrelated to implementation variables. Our results stress the importance of delivery for adequate implementation. View Full-Text
Keywords: family literacy program; implementation; program effects; kindergartners; parents family literacy program; implementation; program effects; kindergartners; parents
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de la Rie, S.; van Steensel, R.; van Gelderen, A.; Severiens, S. Effects of a Dutch Family Literacy Program: The Role of Implementation. Educ. Sci. 2021, 11, 50. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11020050

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de la Rie S, van Steensel R, van Gelderen A, Severiens S. Effects of a Dutch Family Literacy Program: The Role of Implementation. Education Sciences. 2021; 11(2):50. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11020050

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de la Rie, Sanneke, Roel van Steensel, Amos van Gelderen, and Sabine Severiens. 2021. "Effects of a Dutch Family Literacy Program: The Role of Implementation" Education Sciences 11, no. 2: 50. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11020050

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