Improving Literacy Development in Foster Children: Best Practices for the K-6 Classroom

By Misty LaCour, Penny McGlawn and Laura Dees.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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Foster children who have experienced abuse or neglect often struggle academically, particularly in the area of literacy development. This research study explored current teachers’ best practices for improving literacy development in foster children in the K-6 classroom. Themes emerged indicating the teachers’ perceptions of meeting the needs of foster children, especially as related to improving literacy skills and encouraging literacy development. These best practices can be implemented by K-6 teachers to assist in preventing school failure for foster children.

Keywords: Foster Children, Literacy Skills, Storybook Reading, Parental Involvement, Social Interaction

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 23, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.1-9. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 17, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 524.976KB)).

Dr. Misty LaCour

Professor, School of Education, Kaplan University, Magnolia, AR, USA

Dr. Penny McGlawn

Instructor, Harding University, Searcy, AR, USA

Dr. Laura Dees

Professor, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL, USA