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Reading--Parent participation; Family literacy programs; African American fathers; Father and child;


The achievement of African American literacy learners has become a significant topic in education. How to best meet the needs of these learners through the study of the African American family will be the focus of this project. This project will consider, specifically, the father's momentous role in the literacy learning of the African American child. Trends in research will be identified in this paper, an overview of significant literature published on the subject of African American family literacy will be discussed, and findings that support the father's significant impact on learning in the African American family will be presented. This literature review will provide the basis for the development of Fathers as Readers (FAR). FAR, modeled after Fathers Read Every Day (FRED), begins by sharing key information with fathers, about the importance of their role in their child's literacy development. African American fathers will learn,how,their involvement is vital to their child's successful learning experience. FAR will implement key elements from the community that impact literacy learning.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Deborah L. Tidwell


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