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Book Review: Unfulfilled Expectations: Home and School Influences on Literacy, mult. authors

By: Margaret C. Needels
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 1
Date: Winter 1994

Summary: Margaret Needles reviews Unfulfilled Expectations: Home and School Influences on Literacy by Catherine E. Snow, Wendy S. Barnes, Jean Chandler, Irene F. Goodman, and Lowry Hemphill, the account of a study of the literacy achievement of elementary school children from low-income families. The study, which followed thirty-one children eligible for the federal free-lunch program and enrolled in either second, fourth, or sixth grades for two years, identifies which variables in family life contribute to children's literacy achievement and offers new insight into the home-versus-school debate.


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